A report in the Wall Street Journal claims that Intel is building an augmented reality device that will use its RealSense camera technology. Microsoft's is using its own depth camera in its Surface tablets and HoloLens augmented reality headset. Intel has its own version of the tech, dubbed RealSense.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Intel is adapting its RealSense depth camera into an augmented reality headset design that it could license to other manufacturers.
The publication notes that Intel has teamed up with a company called IonVR to work on an augmented-reality headset that could work with a variety of operating systems, including Android and iOS.
Intel did not provide any comment on the report.
IonVR’s headset is currently available for $229, and is expected to ship this quarter. The headset works with any Android or iOS smartphone, but the 3D camera capabilities depend on you also having access to an Intel Realsense Smartphone. The phone is currently for sale as part of a $399 developer kit, meaning none of this is exactly intended for consumers yet.
This could be Intel's first consumer device.
Compared to Microsoft's HoloLens tech, RealSense offers the ability to translate real-world objects into virtual space. The technology can scan the user’s hands and translate them into virtual objects that can manipulate other virtual objects, according to IonVR.