PICS: Intel teases new VR headset at CES

2017-01-05 10:37 - Gareth van Zyl
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Computer chip maker Intel plans to release a new virtual reality headset later this year. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl, Fin24)


Las Vegas - Computer chip maker Intel has shown off its latest virtual reality headset, which the company describes as its push into “merged reality”.

At a press briefing on Wednesday ahead of the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel teased the first version of its Project Alloy headset.

Intel says the headset, which is expected to go on sale later this year, will feature a combination of virtual reality and augmented reality.

This means that it is capable of featuring immersive video content as well as augmented reality in which it projects computer generated images on real-life settings.

Intel plans to tap partners in making and selling the device.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich briefly showed off the new device on stage amid a press briefing that mostly occurred in a virtual reality setting.

Upon arriving at the press briefing, media were presented with a black comfortable chair, an Oculus Rift headset, a laptop and a bag in case of possible nausea.

For most of the briefing, Intel showed off how far virtual reality has come with 360 degree videos of a live basketball game, a live crossing to a drone flying over solar panels in Nevada and a video game featuring zombies.

Below are photos of Intel’s press event.

*Fin24 is attending CES 2017 on invitation from Hisense.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich addressed media about the company's VR ambitions. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Virtual reality is the next big thing, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a presentation. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

At the media event in Las Vegas, journalists experienced a virtual reality press conference. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Dozens of attendees had a chance to experience virtual reality. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Intel used Oculus Rift headsets for most of the briefing. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Intel is planning to team up with a partner on its own VR headset. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

Intel describes its headset has using both virtual and augmented reality. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

The company plans for its device to go on sale later this year. (Photo: Gareth van Zyl)

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