The device captures your image and lets you control your avatar.
At CES 2023, Lenovo presented Project Chronos – a device that can capture your image and movements and send them right into virtual reality.
Powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core processor, it helps create your avatar using an RGB depth camera. The tech can also capture facial movements so your friends can see the depth of your virtual emotions.
The demo showed the results to be quite accurate, with the models dancing and exercising convincingly, although facial movements could still use some work.
Project Chronos will come with up to 512 GB of storage. It weighs 7.8lbs (3540g), supports Bluetooth 5.0, and is equipped with two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, two RJ45s, a DC Jack, three DisplayPorts, and four Mini DPs. The tool's camera can be adjusted or hidden if you're worried about your privacy.
“Hybrid experiences that are immersive yet convenient are on the rise as the lines between the physical and the virtual continue to blur,” said Lee Highsmith, a worldwide competitive analyst at Lenovo (via The Verge). “With Project Chronos, the goal is to create virtual and hybrid experiences by vividly capturing full body motion and even clearly visible facial expressions in near-real time.”
It's unclear what apps Chronos will support and how well it will work. Lenovo spokesperson Jeff Witt told The Verge the company intends to ship it in 2023, so we'll have to see and wait.
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