Microsoft’s HoloLens is leading the way when it comes to augmented reality, but Intel could be cooking up a headset of its own. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is developing a new AR product meant to leverage its RealSense 3D camera technology.
That could give Intel’s product a nice advantage over the competition, including HoloLens, HTC’s Vive and Google Glass. RealSense has already been around for a few years. It offers object tracking, gesture controls, the ability to measure distances and more.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Intel will be selling an AR headset straight to consumers. Instead, the company is developing a prototype it can shop to other hardware makers.
Intel has already acquired a handful of smaller firms working on augmented reality. Last year, the chipmaker bought Recon Instruments, which makes AR goggles for sports and fitness enthusiasts. The company wasn’t willing to offer an official comment when approached by WSJ, but it seems pretty clear that it isn’t sitting on the sidelines when it comes to augmented reality.