Is Microsoft’s IllumiRoom the future of gaming?

By on January 10, 2013
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New tech projects images across the living room to enhance the immersive experience of video games.

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At Samsung’s keynote at CES today, Microsoft unveiled IllumiRoom, a futuristic projection-based technology for video games.

IllumiRoom acts an extension to the TV, and uses Kinect to map the play area and project images relating to the media playing from an Xbox. Microsoft explains that IllumiRoom “augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience,” and can bring about a change of “appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.”

The projection uses Kinect’s mapping technology, which captures the geometry of a room and adapts projected visuals “in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics”.

To better understand the concept, Microsoft showed off a short footage of the different applications of the technology, noting that the footage was “captured live and is not the result of any special effects added in post production.”

IllumiRoom is only a proof-of-concept yet, and whether it will be incorporated into the next Xbox or the next version of Kinect is unclear. Microsoft promises to share more details at the ACM SIGCHI Conference in April.


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