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Intel said to be working on a HoloLens rival

It looks like Microsoft could have some serious competition in the augmented reality space soon as reports are suggesting that Intel is developing its own competitor to the HoloLens. According to sources familiar with Intel’s plans, the company’s new Augmented Reality headset will use the firm’s own RealSense 3D technology.

The headset will also come equipped with an infra-red camera that can measure depth as well as recognize gestures and facial expressions.

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The original report comes from The Wall Street Journal, which points out that Intel’s RealSense 3D cameras have already been shown off at CES earlier this year as part of another company’s augmented reality device. Intel’s own headset may also be capable of overlaying digital images over the real world, this device will apparently be marketed towards consumers rather than for business use.

Intel has not confirmed that this device exists yet but the company has a long history of building prototypes and experimenting with new technologies so it is likely to be at least looking into AR and its potential future applications.

KitGuru Says: Microsoft has been impressing many with the HoloLens but so far, the company doesn’t have much strong competition in the AR space. Intel could change that entirely with its own headset. Are any of you interested in augmented reality?

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