Our TV sets are getting bigger and bigger and with ever greater resolutions. But what if the screen isn’t enough anymore though? That’s the idea behind Microsoft’s latest idea, a technology that turns the room around your TV into an extension of it.
IllumiRoom uses a Kinect sensor and a projector “to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds,” as Microsoft puts it the project’s official site.
Basically, the Kinect maps its surrounding environment, noticing the shape and distance of furniture and shelves, and then tweaks the images that are going to be projected so that they match the room.
Microsoft unveiled IllumiRoom at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show of Las Vegas last week, but there’s no word on the actual release, since the project is still just a prototype. According to Microsoft, we’ll know more about it later this year at at the Conference on Human-Interface Computing in Paris.
- Microsoft Research unveils IllumiRoom; A gamer’s dream come true (neowin.net)
- Microsoft expands gaming past our TV’s with IllumiRoom (techandle.com)
- Microsoft’s IllumiRoom uses your whole living room for video games (gamasutra.com)
- Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Concept Is Holodeck-Lite (g4tv.com)
- CES 2013: Microsoft reveals Xbox IllumiRoom concept (gamercenteronline.net)
- Microsoft: Big possibilities for ‘IllumiRoom’ technology (geekwire.com)