Microsoft Research’s SurroundWeb Takes The IllumiRoom Concept Forward With A 3D Browser

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Earlier last month, we reported about an interesting Microsoft Research project called SurroundWeb. This project news is now making news around the web again. So, I just want to post the same information again for those who have missed it last time. SurroundWeb is a 3D web browser that will allow web pages the ability to display content across multiple surfaces in a room. For example, if you are watching a car race on your TV, the current driver standings can be shown on the side next to your TV, or an Wikipedia entry of a place which you are looking on the screen and more. Microsoft is trying to project this plan with no.of use cases. Read the abstract below.

Microsoft SurroundWeb Research

We introduce SurroundWeb, the first least-privilege platform for immersive room experiences. SurroundWeb is a “3D Browser” that gives web pages the ability to display across multiple surfaces in a room, adapt their appearance to objects present in that room, and interact using natural user input. SurroundWeb enables least privilege for these immersive web pages by introducing two new abstractions: first, a Room Skeleton that enables least privilege for room rendering, unlike previous approaches that focus on inputs alone. Second, a Detection Sandbox that allows web pages to register content to show if an object is detected, but prevents the web server from knowing if the object is present.

SurroundWeb provides three privacy properties: detection privacy, rendering privacy, and interaction privacy while simultaneously enabling Web pages to use object recognition and room display capabilities. Surveys show the information revealed by SurroundWeb is acceptable. SurroundWeb is practical: After a one-time setup procedure that scans a room for projectable surfaces in about a minute, our prototype can render immersive multidisplay web rooms at greater than 30 frames per second with up to 25 screens and up to a 1440×720 display. We demonstrate a range of previously proposed and novel experiences can be implemented in a least-privilege way using SurroundWeb.

Microsoft SurroundWeb Research 2

Source: Microsoft Research



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  • kevin

    Hope they bring this to market instead of some shitty VR fad.

    • You are flat out wrong

      Doubt it. Illuminiroom got shitcanned for being terrible.

      • nohone

        Fixed it for you:

        Doubt it. Illuminiroom got shitcanned for being terrible by a bunch of jealous Sony fanboys.

      • kevin

        IllumiRoom was not shit canned ,it has been push to the backburner till they can figure a way to make it price able for consumers. On a different matter this looks way cool.

        • You are flat out wrong

          It was scrapped because they couldn’t justify $1000 for an extended HUD as a mass market device. And because it was terrible. http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/4-reasons-youd-never-use-microsofts-new-gaming-device/

          • kevin

            I would have bought one and would have found a way to overcome that persons so called issues with it .

          • You are flat out wrong

            Nice, rearrange your living room once for Kinect then again for this crappy projector. No wonder they call you lemmings.

          • kevin

            Don’t give damn what anybody calls me, as long that I enjoy my gadget they can all piss off.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Have fun enjoying the gadget you will never get.

  • iLove2argue

    This is the most i hated part of MS Research.. ” for show only” until some competitors will throw to the market about thier research and leave the MS Research behind.. damn…. MS!!

    • Ben A

      competitors can reach this level. MS is not worried

      • iLove2argue

        i hope so…. most of their research did not appear in the market….

  • NGM123

    What a cool ideal in fact this is beyond cool. Knowing MS tho, they’ll shelve this great idea, then Apple will release it and it will be a global hit overnight, closely followed by google and stolen by Samsung to become a global behemoth, just in time for MS to finally launch it, spend millions of dollars playing catch up to then snag 3 % market share.

    • LexicoRed

      Wow you are right, Microsoft creates it, Apple make it a successful product and Samsung copies it.