07:05PM EST - Ian and I are here at Intel's CES 2017 press event

07:05PM EST - As you can see from the pictures, this is a very different kind of event

07:05PM EST - Everyone gets VR headsets

07:05PM EST - And here we go

07:05PM EST - This should run for 45 minutes or so

07:06PM EST - Brian Krzanich is apparently going to run everyone through VR demos

07:06PM EST - So this is going to be a very different kind of live blog

07:06PM EST - We'll see what we can actually post in terms of photos and text

07:07PM EST - Intel says they'll be releasing a number of photos after the event

07:07PM EST - Now on stage: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

07:07PM EST - Brian's goal: to show us what Intel is thinking about the future of technology

07:08PM EST - "What's driving these new experiences is Moore's Law"

07:08PM EST - Brian is here to refute the notion that Moore's Law is dying

07:09PM EST - Brian is holding a Canonlake (10nm) equipped laptop

07:09PM EST - First time Intel has shown a live 10nm demo

07:09PM EST - Intend to ship products before the end of 2017

07:09PM EST - "Moore's Law: alive and well"

07:10PM EST - All of this technology is generating a ton of data

07:11PM EST - 650MB/person/day today, over 1GB by 2020

07:11PM EST - Intel's 3D recording system for sports generates 2TB of data per minute

07:12PM EST - All the VR headsets are attached to laptops running Kaby Lake processors

07:13PM EST - I've been instructed NOT to open this MSI laptop

07:13PM EST - But I'm guessing these are running a discrete GPU, especially given the size of many of these laptops

07:14PM EST - (sorry, photo upload is slow, so there's a delay)

07:14PM EST - Not many people get to go on amazing travel adventures, so the first VR experience will be traveling in VR

07:15PM EST - Starting things off with a helicopter view of the desert. And we're jumping

07:15PM EST - Intel provided sick bags. I guess that was for a good reason

07:16PM EST - I'm not getting a good sense of depth on this video, but it's hard to test this in real time

07:17PM EST - And done with the first video

07:18PM EST - Now talking about the future

07:19PM EST - Intel wants volumetric 3D video, so that users can move through a video instead of working on a fixed track

07:19PM EST - Now on stage: Ted Schilowitz, co-founder of Hype VR

07:20PM EST - (my head is warm from the laptop behind me blowing hot air)

07:20PM EST - Next demo is going to be walking through Vietnam

07:21PM EST - Demoing how this is a real 3D experience, not a 2D 360 degree video with no depth

07:22PM EST - And I broke the script on my headset

07:23PM EST - In any case, it's very convincing. 3D depth is all but required for real VR experiences

07:24PM EST - Now how VR can impact the work environment

07:25PM EST - Solar panel inspectors

07:26PM EST - This will be a live feed off of a drone

07:26PM EST - Brian likes to take risks with presentations

07:27PM EST - This is another 2D 360 degree video, from the looks of it

07:28PM EST - Much easier and more cost effective than sending up real people, obviously

07:29PM EST - "One example of how work can be transformed by virtual reality"

07:30PM EST - 3rd demo: sports & entertainment

07:31PM EST - Intel is going to use Voke technology here. Voke is a company they acquired last year

07:32PM EST - Brian wanted to do a live sports event, but it's halftime..

07:33PM EST - Butler vs. Villanova in NCAAM basketball

07:34PM EST - It looks like they're doing a form of simulated 3D, judging from how depth is working

07:35PM EST - First time Voke has been used on the Oculus Rift

07:36PM EST - This is a product of Intel's sports group

07:38PM EST - Intel is working with La Liga, the Spanish pro soccer league

07:38PM EST - Now on to the subject of merged reality

07:39PM EST - Intel is continuing work on the Project Alloy headset

07:39PM EST - It looks like they have a newer revision of the prototype ready for CES

07:40PM EST - Doing a deeper stage demo of Alloy

07:40PM EST - Showcasing inide-out tracking. No external sensors. No cables either

07:42PM EST - Switching from a model of the room to a pure virtual enivronment

07:42PM EST - And that's it for the Alloy demo

07:43PM EST - Summing up alloy: VR without the isolation

07:43PM EST - Alloy will become a product

07:43PM EST - Intel wants to get it out with partners by Q4 2017

07:45PM EST - Intel will be letting the press try out Alloy at a private booth on the CES showfloor

07:46PM EST - Now on to VR gaming

07:46PM EST - Next demo will be an Arizona Sunshine runthrough

07:47PM EST - Live rendered game trailer

07:48PM EST - I'd suggest some Valkyrie, but I don't think everyone is ready to be a space pilot

07:48PM EST - A conservative, but good demo

07:49PM EST - Time for more basketball

07:50PM EST - Looks like combining a 2D feed with a depth sensor reading

07:51PM EST - Interesting, but not engorssing due to a weak 3D experience

07:52PM EST - "We believe Intel is leading this unprecedented change"

07:52PM EST - Thanking their tech partners who provided the hundreds of VR setups

07:53PM EST - And that's a wrap. Up next: the CES prime keynote, which is being presented by NVIDIA this year

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  • SaolDan - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

  • austinsguitar - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz vr. wake me up in 3 years when it costs 300 dollars zzzzzzzzzzzz
  • Meteor2 - Saturday, January 7, 2017 - link

    $300 headsets are launching this year.
  • random2 - Saturday, January 7, 2017 - link

    Real ones where you don't feel like you have your eyeball pressed up against your screen door?

    I'll give it a few years.
  • AndrewJacksonZA - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    This is the first Intel Press Event that I've been excited to read about in a while. :-)
  • random2 - Saturday, January 7, 2017 - link

    It's unfortunate there wasn't more to read.
  • beginner99 - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    Boring. They should rather invest that money into new CPUs instead of "rebranding" existing ones. The sliver lining is the might have let AMD to catch up bringing back competition which in the end benefits us.
  • JKflipflop98 - Monday, January 9, 2017 - link

    Wow, you're a sad, ignorant little person.
  • edzieba - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    " Intel wants volumetric 3D video, so that users can move through a video instead of working on a fixed track [...] Now on stage: Ted Schilowitz, co-founder of Hype VR [...] Demoing how this is a real 3D experience, not a 2D 360 degree video with no depth"

    Did Intel just covertly demonstrate the first real-time rendering of Lightfield video for a HMD, or was this demo the same sort of RGB+D texturemapped video as the subsequent presentations?
  • negusp - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    The VR headset would be a very interesting option if it could be used with external peripherals and costed <$1000- a full featured PC and VR headset all in one sounds awesome.

    Kaby Lake is pretty booooooring, bring on Ryzen!

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