The RealSense camera can go deep inside images to determine the size, shape, and contours of objects. It can assess human mood by recognizing a smile or a sad face. RealSense provides the image depth needed for basic AR applications.
Intel also has good CPU technology for AR and VR but lacks good graphics technology, which is important for visual computing.
It's also unclear how Intel will lay out its AR and VR vision at IDF. The company's PC, server, and internet of things groups have different ideas on how AR and VR fit into their operations, and it remains to be seen if they can unite to provide a common vision.
Intel has been acquiring small companies engaged in VR and AR. One such company is Replay Technologies, which develops technology to make sports replays interactive. Intel sees this acquisition as helping its server unit, because hundreds of gigabytes of data are generated every minute through interactive replays. The back-end processing happens in the data center, and Intel's Xeon chips dominate the server market.
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