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IllumiRoom Tech Demo Shows Off Microsoft's Gaming Projector Concept

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Jonathan Lester
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IllumiRoom, Microsoft, Next-gen

IllumiRoom Tech Demo Shows Off Microsoft's Gaming Projector Concept

Following a concept reveal last year, Microsoft are set to explain more about IllumiRoom: a projector that turns your entire room into a gaming space by projecting backgrounds and effects onto the walls and ceiling. While we wait for a full explanation at tomorrow's CHI 2013 event in Paris, a new video has broken cover, explaining how the work-in-progress could be used with a "next-generation gaming console."

Since Microsoft are set to reveal a next-generation gaming console on May 21st, is IllumiRoom destined to become an actual product rather than just an interesting thought experiment in the depths of the Redmond R&D skunkworks? We'll find out soon enough.

According to the footage, IllumiRoom uses Kinect to assess the dimensions of the room to change the projected visuals in real time, which can either be ambient backgrounds, extra field of view or additional effects.

You can watch the full five minute tech demo on the official Microsoft Research site (Silverlight required) or below thanks to GamesHQMedia.

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Quietus  Apr. 29, 2013 at 13:34

It looks nice, but two things spring to mind.

1, This is all very nice, as long as you happen to have a setup that supports it. I play my games on a TV on my desk, and I'm only about one metre away from it. I can't see this working as well.

2, Cue a bunch of crusaders ranting about how gaming in the dark is terrible for your eyesight.

davidpanik  Apr. 29, 2013 at 13:52

Certainly looks very impressive, but I reckon the price tag (1 Kinect + 1 projector = $$$) is going to be far too high for something that will only work with a limited set of games, in a limited number of room setups and requires exclusive use of the living room.

mekia  Apr. 29, 2013 at 14:01

How bloody useless. What happened to just playing a damn game?

Late  Apr. 29, 2013 at 14:19

It's fantastic tech - but as Quietus and davidpanik have indicated, it's not something I expect we'll see in our front rooms any time soon. They managed it in the demo by having the right room set-up, the right equipment, etc.
I don't have a coffee table or a projector, and I'm pretty sure you wouldn't get them included in a £400-£450ish xbox bundle.

I couldn't tell whether you'd need a second kinnect for this, or whether you'd just move the (presumably bundled) one you have to the coffee-table position while it maps on initial set-up. I imagine you'd be fine with just one - surely after set-up there's no need for a kinnect near the projector?

I fervently hope they continue to pursue this avenue. As technology gets smarter, smaller, and cheaper we're probably not far away from being able to put the necessary cameras and projectors into a "rubik's cube"-sized device.

Last edited by Late, Apr. 29, 2013 at 14:56
stevenjameshyde  Apr. 29, 2013 at 14:20

Certainly looks very impressive, but I reckon the price tag (1 Kinect + 1 projector = $$$) is going to be far too high for something that will only work with a limited set of games, in a limited number of room setups and requires exclusive use of the living room.

True, but the same could be said of Oculus Rift or, at least in it's early stages, 3DTV. I'll probably never use this, but it's nice that the option exists

Of course if they start tying achievements to it, I'll change my tune...

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