Intel Teases Depth Camera For Vive HMD

Intel’s annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is still two weeks away, but one of the would-be surprises has been revealed a little bit early. Intel has developed a depth sensing camera accessory that attaches to HTC’s Vive HMD.

Details are scarce for now, but this is what we know so far: An image of the accessory attached to a Vive was revealed on Twitter by Dimitri Diakopoulos, a product scientist and prototyping engineer working at Intel’s Perceptual Computing Lab.

Diakopoulos did answer a few queries about what it is. He confirmed that the attachment is a prototype depth sensor with six cameras. In response to a question about how much weight the device adds, Diakopoulos replied that “the camera themselves are like 10 grams. Trick here was not altering the center of mass with the ID.” It seems as though Intel has put a considerable amount of work into refining the prototype already.

Diakopoulos did not confirm or deny that the depth camera is built with RealSense technology, but there’s no reason to assume that it was not, especially after the company revealed two depth sensing RealSense cameras at CES earlier this year. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long too find out, though. Diakopoulous confirmed that the depth camera Vive peripheral will make an appearance at IDF16 between August 16-18, where Intel will release further details about the device.

 Kevin Carbotte is a contributing writer for Tom's Hardware who primarily covers VR and AR hardware. He has been writing for us for more than four years. 

  • Linx1398
    I've always wanted to look like an awkward, goofy Warframe.
  • LeviDT
    Does the Vive have an interface for accessories?
  • campbelln
    There's no interface for accessories yet. I heard they're putting a USB port in the next revision. In the picture you can see an extra cord running along with the standard vive cables, so that must be how they're doing it.
  • PEJUman
    I own a Vive, it does have an expansion interface. The HMD have 3 input ports and 1 output USB port.

    These ports are hidden within the small top cavity where all the cables goes in, currently the 3 HMD input cables are USB, Power and HDMI.

    I think the HTC/Valve probably planned this all along for wireless adapter upgrade next year.