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A look at Microsoft IllumiRoom, a projector built for the next Xbox and immerse you in the game

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Apr 2013 12:05 User comments (11)

A look at Microsoft IllumiRoom, a projector built for the next Xbox and immerse you in the game Microsoft gave eager fans a brief look at its IllumiRoom projector, first unveiled at CES this year.
As explained by the company, IllumiRoom "is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience."

The projector uses Kinect for Windows camera (along with the projector) to combine the on-screen gaming content and your current environment, most likely your bedroom or living room.

IllumiRoom can "change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences." Additionally, the "system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics."

For our readers that like to get a bit more technical, read the research paper here: IllumiRoom PDF

Check the preview video here:

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11 user comments

130.4.2013 12:13

This concept is pretty sweet.

230.4.2013 12:19

Love it, will it cost $100 or less? if no... i'll pass!



330.4.2013 12:40

I gotta wonder about the cost and the capabilities of the projector itself...but it does look neat as a proof of concept. Still waiting for the EyePhone.

430.4.2013 13:49

Looks pretty cool...a TV with little or no bezel would really go well with this.

Price is all tho, wonder what they'll do 1 for?

530.4.2013 19:19

Wow....pretty impressive, I gotta say. You should be able to get by with a low res projector, I would think. Still, I'd be surprised to see it retail for less than $1000.

63.5.2013 20:27

Wow! great but I think that will cause me dizziness

74.5.2013 0:27

Wow... not sure I see this taking off though.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.

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84.5.2013 7:42

This will be a smash hit if the price is right

94.5.2013 9:31

Not sure I see the game code being available which makes the other less appealing visuals more likely. Sorry to seem a wet blanket.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.

DSE VZ300-
Zilog Z80 CPU, 32KB RAM (16K+16K cartridge), video processor 6847, 2KB video RAM, 16 colours (text mode), 5.25" FDD

105.5.2013 23:51

hello hollodeck 1.0

117.5.2013 11:03

Originally posted by rtlinux:
hello hollodeck 1.0
Star Trek sprang to mind with there holodeck.

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