Microsoft IllumiRoom deemed too expensive for a consumer launch

Shawn Knight

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Microsoft IllumiRoom, the proof-of-concept technology that uses an array of Kinect sensors and projectors to envelop gamers in the on-screen action, will likely never be sold to consumers. First shown off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the device has...

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davislane1

As with most things that are 'way too expensive to bring to market', this will doubtless reach mainstream consumers in the future, so I'm enthusiastic about the concept. Would I spend money on it for gaming? Probably not. If I'm going to put down money for a VR room, I want an actual holodeck, not a cheap Chinese...err....American knockoff. :p

However, using this technology to build some type of ultra high-tech workstation...I'd pay for that. I'd pay for that without a second thought.
 
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Guest

It looks amazing and I would love to see this come to life someday - but I don't think that will happen for a while.

I think some of these intelligent people should spend more time looking into vital technology rather than pleasure. Things like space travel and time warping for example =)
 

VitalyT

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Why smoke weed, IllumiRoom - game + hallucinogenic experience - all one one!

Sign up, get dumb today!

Truly yours, MS ;)
 

NeurotechHD

TS Rookie
They just need to make a giant, low-resolution LED wrap that you can position behind your television set. You're not looking directly at this when you game, it's just for ambiance, so it doesn't need to be crisp or clear.
 

St1ckM4n

TS Evangelist
The concept sucked, was never ridiculously expensive ($300 projectors, ... three at most?), had zero support, and was of debatable benefit anyway. Good bye.
 

DKRON

TS Guru
They just need to make a giant, low-resolution LED wrap that you can position behind your television set. You're not looking directly at this when you game, it's just for ambiance, so it doesn't need to be crisp or clear.
Or, even better, just get this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/woodenshark/lightpack-ambient-backlight-for-your-displays
Is it just me or does gaming for say 10 years or so make my eyes adjust faster to light levels? Because I haven't had a problem with that since I was 12
 

Rasta211

TS Booster
Wow, I was considering an Xbox because of this feature.
Well at least their honest it ain't worth it to the average consumer.
I do hope people in the future get to see this.
 

CrisisDog

TS Booster
It would have been one of the very few features I'd get an Xbox One for. Already have a projector and TV, wouldn't be too much to use them in the same room. Now it has become just another reason to stick with my PC for gaming. Triple monitors FTW! :p
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Why spend that much money on a setup when you can go to Syria & experience the real thing for a fraction? You'll also get the real time smell of burning flesh which this thing can't do. A no brainer if you ask me :)
 
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Bink

TS Member
I have a better solution. Which I think is much better... I'm a migraine sufferer, not an ideal condition for a gamer... this would do my head in...

3 monitor stand. With 3 monitors (4k) NVidia 780 4GB GFX card at a fraction of the price). But you need quite a big desk.

:)
 

tipstir

TS Ambassador
I have a better solution. Which I think is much better... I'm a migraine sufferer, not an ideal condition for a gamer... this would do my head in...

3 monitor stand. With 3 monitors (4k) NVidia 780 4GB GFX card at a fraction of the price). But you need quite a big desk.

:)

Make it happen and post some pictures or even yet some videos on this project idea.