Intel's annual IDF developer conference is set to kick-off in San Francisco on 16th August, with VR technology expected to be a major theme. Yesterday one of its engineers Tweeted information about an interesting VR project the chipmaker is working on. The Tweet has now been removed but various sites saved and published pictures of an HTC Vive headset with a RealSense powered central 'horn' integrated.
The now missing Tweet revealed the picture above, with the description "Industrial design team nailed it". New to the HTC Vive HMD, you can clearly see the central 'horn', which is the Intel RealSense integrated component. Either side of the 'horn' is a set of three cameras opening up lots of useful, accurate sensory information for VR system processing.
Tweet source, Dimitri Diakopoulos, is an Intel Prototyping Engineer and Upload VR managed to get some illuminating further information out of him before he was 'silenced'. Diakopoulos said that the RealSense 'horn' could track hand movement as well as IR-tracked controllers. Furthermore, its camera arrays can scan the environment in real-time. Such environment sensing could help you move around in VR without pratfalls in reality – it could help you avoid falling over an object in your room or standing on the house cat, for example.
HTC's Vive is already smartly designed with an integrated outward facing camera but Intel's enhancement of this feature could expand the utility value of such a sensor. Upload VR reckons it could eliminate fiddly setups when you use your HMD in different rooms too.