The lights are on
Some concepts need to be seen to be understood and appreciated. On paper, Microsoft's Illumiroom could be considered laughable. In an age of high definition OLED televisions, projectors shouldn't be exciting, and they certainly shouldn't be able to make a viewing experience immersive. In five minutes, Microsoft can probably change your mind.
Unlike Microsoft's Kinect, which requires a wide play space in front of your television for motion capture, Illumiroom flips that technology around and pairs it with a projector, seemingly usable in a variety of room configurations. The Kinect is used for sensing screen activity and understanding the environment around the primary viewing space (most often a television).
From there, users have a choice of overlays (some of which require developer input). The impact on the viewing experience varies with options for the occasional effect like a laser sight breaking the television perimeter, a sharp edge accent for surrounding environment, and full screen extension.
Further, the Illumiroom can be used to change the texturing in the play space. In the video below, the color palette on the entertainment center is changed and even made to look cel-shaded. Take note of the shockwave effect during the Portal portion of the demonstration.
Illumiroom was first shown at this year's Consumer Electronic's Show in January. It's still only in the proof of concept phase, but if practical, could make its way to mass production. Just make sure to turn the lights off before you turn the device on.
[Source: Microsoft Research]
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sweet that gonna b great
this would be awesome for games geared toward exploration
looks great. i would get one.
That cel-shaded look and when the room "vibrates" when he shot the gun in game was pretty cool and unique. Looks interesting.
hell yes! sold!
When I first saw Illumiroom a while ago I thought it would be another useless peripheral I'd never use, but this looks pretty awesome. I hope game developers are interested in this technology and that it can be implemented in creative ways.
I'm sure it will work better with some game than others. Even in these demos it seemed to work better with some game than others but I think it can actually enhance a gaming experience if done properly. I'm interested to see where this goes.
As neat as this is, unless it is included with every XBox 720 (or whatever they end up calling it) from day 1, it will pretty much get next to no support.
Hmmmm....interesting but slightly exciting also.
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Yeah that's friggen awesome! more than just a novelty like some say. It adds something new to the experience if done right like the video showed. If they did it like Kinect "showing that milo kid and interacting with him" and then gave us nothing like that then yeah it's gonna be just ok. For kinect they showed the user drawing a picture for milo and giving it to him as well as other awesome stuff but nothing was ever released like that from MS. I am hoping they do better for version 2 of Kinect.
I'm not very sure if this will end up being good. To me, from the video, it looked more disorienting than actually adding to the gaming experience. Maybe it is just me but it doesn't look very good.
Looks like the kinect sensor has a use now.
I'll gladly use it if it is worth it and it delivers the features it promises.
if we can just use our existing kinect with existing projector then I will be happy to update or what ever it will need to get it to work.