Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Project Is Not Coming To Our Living Rooms Anytime Soon

We heard about Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project back at CES and since then there were reports that Microsoft is planning to release it as a consumer device as part of Xbox offering in 2014. Speaking to Ausgamer, Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One revealed that IllumiRoom is not coming anytime soon.

“I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that,” Penello said. “It’s very, very cool tech but it’s, like, for a consumer, it requires projectors and things. It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but… we looked at it, but for an average customer it’s, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up].”

Some info about IllumiRoom,

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.

Source: Ausgamers

  • Jeff Hung

    Pity….I wish they can bring a low-cost special projector as it doesn’t need very high resolution to achieve the effect.

    • Haymo

      Exactly, a low cost pico projector of some sorts.. But I believe this would require a second Kinect for the Xbox One to function, so cost does go up..

  • soder

    it is the Illuminati room which is coming into our living room (the All seeing eye, a.k.a the kinect spycam)

    • Yuan Taizong

      L.O.L. thankfully for you, the Kinect is now optional.

      • soder

        ..but you still have to buy it…

  • Albert

    I would pay $1000 for this in a heartbeat. Hope they continue fine tuning the system and still consider to bring it to market when projectors become cheap enough.

  • uncle_joe

    They must continue this product. It is the most innovative thing to hit the gaming industry. It can not only be used for games but movies also. Huge potential, huge!! Find a way, Microsoft… find a way.

  • elpadr1no

    License the tech behind it then so someone else can take it up.

    • Yuan Taizong

      I agree, Microsoft’s streght has traditionally came from licensing its innovations to others, so they can improve upon it, of-course the developer will take the spotlight (no pun intended), but Microsoft won’t go unsung either.

  • Yuan Taizong

    This looks so awesome, Microsoft must really make those extra hundred Euro’s over the PlayStation worth our while.

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  • Ki EuKiTo

    LOL…sorry, I can appreciate what Microsoft was attempting with this project. I was just thinking of all the Xbox fanboys that claimed the XB1 was superior, partially due to it having Illumiroom. And I couldn’t help but laugh at yet another stark lesson of why it is NOT a good idea to put all your fan eggs in one console basket. Long live the big three.

    • nohone

      Microsoft has made it clear since it was first shown that Illumiroom would definitely not be shipping with the console, and it would likely be years afterwards when it made an appearance. People said it was cool, really want it, but they were realistic. So I don’t know where this bit about “fanboys” is from. Some people may have said that Microsoft’s competition would not be able to develop something like this, and there is no doubt the Xbox One is superior, but not because of Illumiroom.
      Kinect was once looked at as a device that would not be technology nor financially possible. And yet here it is. I think something like this may be released mid-lifetime of the Xbox One, much like the Kinect was.