Big name tech companies appear to be investing heavily into virtual reality. In fact the technology has also reportedly gotten companies like Google and Apple more invested than before. However on the other side, augmented reality isn’t really getting the same coverage and so far it looks like Microsoft is the technology’s main champion.
However it seems that Microsoft will not be alone in their endeavors. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems that Intel is also interested in creating an augmented reality headset of their own. Speaking to the WSJ, Intel’s RealSense chief Achin Bhowmik said, “We have to build the entire experience ourselves before we can convince the ecosystem.”
It has also been suggested that Intel might not actually sell the device to end users, but rather they might release it to other device makers possibly as a reference design, which we guess would make sense. In fact earlier this year we got a glimpse at what that future might look like, thanks to a company called Daqri unveiling a special helmet that took advantage of Intel’s RealSense technology.
In any case the HoloLens is currently available for pre-order if you don’t mind shelling out $3,000 for the dev kit. An alternative would be the Meta which is priced much cheaper $949, with the only downside being that it needs to be tethered to a computer in order for it to work.