Intel is apparently working on its own augmented reality headset to take advantage of its Realsense 3D technology. In theory, this would put it in competition with Microsoft’s Hololens; although sources close to the matter believe that Intel is not planning to manufacture the device for itself.
The idea is not as far fetched as it seems to be. Intel has been known to build sample devices in order to show OEMs how its new technology could potentially be used. The company has built tablets and smartphones with Realsense cameras in past, and work on an AR headset is not entirely impossible.
Realsense may not be the only piece of technology that Intel wants to show off. The company has been acquiring companies working on AR. The Wall Street Journal estimates that the company has invested at least $300 million (about RM1.2 billion) into AR efforts, and that the real number could be as high as $500 (about RM2 billion) million.
Intel has been careful to avoid being left behind again, like it was with mobile device market that is now dominated by Qualcomm and MediaTek. The company has begun a push into 5G wireless connections, which was announced at Mobile World Congress last week.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]