Microsoft Research Shows Off IllumiRoom Project At CES

During Samsung keynote at CES today, Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s Chief Technical Strategy Officer made an surprise appearance and shared Microsoft’s vision for extending computing interactions to any surface such as room walls. He revealed a Microsoft Research’s project called Illumiroom which augments the area around your screen with visualizations that will make an more immersive experience for the user.

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.

IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera 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. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.

Our 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. What you see in the videos below has been captured live and is not the result of any special effects added in post production.

via: Next at Microsoft

  • ErikPienknagura

    This is Wicket!

    • Kitab

      How many wickets? Just kidding:):):)

  • grs_dev

    I want one now!

    See, apple will probably release one in 2 years or so just around the time when Microsoft is ready to actually release this and claim to be the first to market and everyone will then rave about how apple kept it under its shroud of secrecy.

    • warex3D

      I don’t thinks so, apple is busy making cheap iphones.

      • Tips_y

        Yes, according to the WSJ, the cheaper polycarbonate iPhone will come out later this year. But this could be a double-edged sword that could strip the iPhone of its mystique and premium image.

  • Ammier

    now that might just be the coolest thing ever

  • BongBong

    As is typical, it will remain an interesting demo and never happen.

    • Travis Brown

      Y’never know. Look what happened with Project Natal.

    • theflew

      They already filed for a patent for this. The question is how much will this cost given projectors are used for this.

  • Kitab

    Oh my juice bill!

  • phelps

    In the leaked Project Durango aka next XBox road-map files, isn’t there a similar technology?
    But instead of a projector I think it uses Augmented Reality Glasses. That would be awesome!

  • 成舜

    super cool

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  • Gerald Terveen

    dead birth – requires a projector you would want to use on a bigger screen anyway, needs a Kinect to scan the room first (meaning it won’t do that from the usual position) and in the end the results are not half as impressive as they are compared to the Rift. Funny idea, but seen much cooler in art:

  • GGlazer

    I can’t wait to play with that!

  • toohats

    This could be really cool! Imagine Halo or Assassin’s Creed fun. Then also, might be good for remote conferencing – actual practical things too.

  • Hanzy Haze

    WOW this is very exciting!!!

  • skiingpenguins

    The shooter game in the beginning is called Red Eclipse, it’s free to download!

  • Ole Jacob Johnsen

    Is this technology coming to pc also ?

  • tomakali

    Microsoft Windows and now Microsoft Walls