Intel could release depth sensing accessory for HTC Vive

Stay glued to its Developer Forum which is set to take place in San Francisco from August 16-18.

Dimitri Diakopoulos, a researcher at Intel has displayed a rather interest depth sensing camera that can be attached to HTC’s Vive headset.

“I felt that VR needed a solid unicorn peripheral with six additional cameras,” tweeted Diakopoulos.

The depth sensing device could be based on Intel’s RealSense tech. It can be used to track the movements of your hands and even help you not bump into things while you are wearing the device.

The device has multiple cameras with each weighing just 0.35 ounces (10 grams). It has been designed in such a way so as to keep its original balance point intact.

Although it looks like a finished product, it is just a prototype. Diakopoulos has attributed its finished look to the team’s effort at nailing down its design.

Here’s hoping the prototype reaches developers and consumers. Incidentally, both the Oculus Rift and Vive use external motion trackers as well as pass through cameras. Unlike this prototype, neither Oculus nor Vive can track the movement of your hands. To be fair though, Vive has an obstacle detection system, but that must be setup by the user.

Significantly, Diakopoulos, has tweeted “I predict it’ll be rare to buy any HMD in 2018 without additional vision sensors integrated.”

Unfortunately, these original tweets have now been deleted, which could signify that the reveal may have been premature.

Hopefully, Intel will reveal more about this technology in its upcoming Developer’s Forum which is scheduled to take place in San Francisco from August 16 to 18.

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