Razer adds Intel's RealSense to OSVR project

August 19, 2015 // 12:40 p.m.

Tags: #achin-bhowmik #augmented-reality #camera #intel #intel-realsense #min-liang-tan #osvr #razer #realsense #virtual-reality

Intel has announced a pair of partnerships with peripherals maker Razer at the Intel Developer Forum this week, joining the company's Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project and working to build a RealSense camera for desktop use.

Intel's RealSense technology has been promised as the next big thing in laptop computing for some time, but has yet to make inroads in the desktop. This is due to, the frankly bizarre HP Sprout aside, a lack of hardware supporting the RealSense platform - an issue Intel has partnered with Razer to fix. The two companies have announced a plan to release a Razer-branded RealSense camera system for desktop users, with a particular focus on virtual reality and gaming use.

'Razer is excited to be working with Intel, using Intel RealSense technology to help pioneer work for game broadcasting, as well as with VR, with support from the growing OSVR movement,' crowed Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and chief executive of Razer. 'Gamers will, we expect, be able to enhance their broadcasting and VR experience in unprecedented ways.'

'This is a great opportunity to make Intel RealSense technology easily accessible to the gaming and VR communities,' added Intel's general manager of Perceptual Computing Achin Bhowmik of the partnership. 'We are proud of the beautiful design of Razer's Intel RealSense Camera peripheral and we look forward to enabling innovation in the gaming world together.'

The camera project comes as Intel joins Razer's Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project, adding RealSense to the raft of technologies supported by OSVR-compliant devices. Intel joins companies including Razer itself, LeapMotion, Virtuix, Gearbox, Techland, Ubisoft and others in the project, which seeks to create an open standard for virtual reality input devices, games, and output devices. Sadly, Razer's original promise of a $199.99 virtual reality headset was sorely off-target, with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit available now priced at $299.99.
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