Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced Project Alloy, a standalone VR headset powered by compnay’s RealSense cameras during an announcement at the Intel Developer forum on Tuesday. Krzanich through an onstage demo showed how the headset allows the wearer to interact with real world objects using just their hands.
“Merged reality delivers virtual-world experiences more dynamically and naturally than ever before – and makes experiences impossible in the real world now possible,” Krzanich wrote in a post on Medium while emphasizing the difference between Project alloy and other VR platforms.
“Merged reality reduces the need for elaborate and costly sets of external sensors that translate real-world environments into digital representations,” he added.
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced its plan to introduce the Microsoft’s Hololens software to its Windows 10 PC. Windows and Devices group Executive Vice President Terry Myerson announced the update during an appearance at the Intel’s Developer Forum.
“The Windows Holographic shell enables an entirely new experience for multi-tasking in mixed reality, blending 2D and 3D apps at the same time,” Microsoft’s Terry Myerson wrote in a blog post. Myerson also announced that the update will be compatible with Intel’s standalone VR headset Project Alloy. The details of how the update will work were not announced but Myerson stated that the update will work with low-end PCs such as Intel’s NUC.
Microsoft also announced its collaboration with Intel in working towards releasing a version of its head mounted displays (HMD) at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHec) conference in December.
This article originally appeared on Mashable