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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This looks awesome! I'll try and convince my brother to get one at some point because he has the Xbox...too bad you can't use it on everything else, I would buy it to play on my PS3 if possible.
Did anyone else notice the Altoids case connected to the Xbox controller wires about 3/4 of the way through the video? I guess you could say this is a minty new project.
Man that's cool haha.
Looks interesting, but I'm not sure exactly how this really improves the game play aside from just making the screen bigger.
If i feel sick just from watching this video my wife will be throwing up from the motion pretty much right away.
I can see this being a nice addition to gaming as far as affecting the players peripheral and environment experiences. It would allow the player to feel more in the game but at the same time I can also see it as being a little distracting for some experiences.
Honestly, I can't give a solid opinion without experiencing it first hand but, From the video I can see it being a useful piece of equipment.
I see seizures galore in illumiroom's future.
I'm going to try Oculus Rift before messing with this. The Rift seems to be a step in the smaller, less expensive, and less room-dominating direction. I like that.
i HOPE MICROSOFT AND 343 INDUSTRIES PUT THIS TO FULL EFFECT FOR THE NEXT HALO GAME, THEN I'D TOTALLY GET IT!!!!
This looks really great. Hoping it happens soon.
The coolest looking thing to me here is that shockwave effect. That was awesome!
I'd rather invest my money getting a nice, big projector screen instead.
it looks sooo cooollll I want it!!!!
This is SOOOO cool!!! Too bad I don't have a coffee table, or the room for one. :(
Looks really cool. My only problem is my room isn't set up for something like this. But if this proves to be a success I'll definitely move my furniture around. While I know many people will shun me for what I'm about to say but I don't know how practical this would be. I mean, does anyone really want to drill a projector into the middle of their ceiling just for the added immersion. But Like I said earlier, if it turns out to be a huge success I'll get it.
This doesn't convince me
Blaring problems with this device. The light is very low resolution and won't mesh well with next gen graphics, it won't ever scan right. That test room is perfectly formatted, I don't know any gamer that uses a setup like that. My tv is on a desk next to my monitor. I sit at a chair and use it. Cool concept, but it could never be properly implemented. Just like kinect.
Completely unrelated... But that TV-Stand is from IKEA.