See that little silver box under the TV? That’s Chronos. | Image: Lenovo / Intel
Lenovo usually shows up to CES with a bunch of laptops and monitors, but this year, it’s bringing along something quite a bit different: Project Chronos, a device that lets you beam an avatar of yourself into virtual worlds.
The device, a medium-size gray box powered by a 13th Gen Intel core processor, uses an RGB depth camera to capture your movements. In a demo, Lenovo showed the camera being used to create virtual versions of users in real time. One person did some jumping jacks that animated smoothly. Later, they wound up a kick and sent a soccer ball into a goal. The video also showed how Chronos can capture some facial movements, though they looked just a little bit off — one person’s smile was closer to scary than warm.