Project Alloy

This headset is still in development. The details of this headset might change.
PRICE TBA
VRS RATING

The Alloy is meant to be the start of a new open platform for VR development in the future. Something reminiscent of the OSVR project. At this point there is not yet such a thing as a standard platform for VR and Intel is throwing its hat into the ring in a serious way with the Alloy.

PROS
  • Unique Mixed Reality Set Up
  • Wireless
CONS
  • Latency Issues Reported in Some Trade Demonstrations

VRS Review

VRS OVERALL RATING
Recomended Not Recomended

Announced late in 2016 during a developer conference, details on Intel’s Project Alloy are still scant and the product is still very much a prototype.

Like the Microsoft Hololens, the Alloy is a self-contained, all-in-one HMD. Both are mixed reality systems that overlay virtual graphics onto a 3D map of the real world. The key difference is that while the Hololens has a transparent screen through which you look out, the Alloy relays an image from it’s depth-sensing camera to the screen instead.

This means that in theory the Alloy can shut the outside world out completely.

It’s likely that the Hololens and Alloy share more than just a functional resemblance. Intel and Microsoft have partnered on the project and it is hard to believe that none of the development done on the Hololens will make it into the Alloy.

The Alloy is meant to be the start of a new open platform for VR development in the future. Something reminiscent of the OSVR project. At this point there is not yet such a thing as a standard platform for VR and Intel is throwing its hat into the ring in a serious way with the Alloy.

Intel has stated that it stands ready to support other companies to make their own branded devices based on the Alloy standard. This is a lot like what Intel did when it set a standard for the Ultrabook, which was indeed widely adopted. If Intel have their way, the same thing will happen with Project Alloy.

SPECIFICATIONS

Display TBA
Panel size TBA
Resolution TBA
Refresh rate TBA
Field of view TBA
Sensors Head Tracking, IMUs and Custom 3D Cameras
Connections TBA
Audio TBA

SCORES IN DETAIL

Design8
Features9
Performance7
Sound quality8
ValueN/A