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Microsoft Illumiroom uses Kinect, projector to fill room with images

By Shawn Knight · 24 replies
Jan 10, 2013
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  1. Microsoft and Samsung demonstrated a new display technology called Illumiroom at the Consumer Electronics Show. True to its name, the Microsoft Research project illuminates a room with lights and images designed to complement what players see on their television while...

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  2. This hurt my eyes watching much less playing tht stupid Kinect.
  3. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    A lot of that gameplay looked ungodly laggy. I doubt the current Xbox could handle this.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +230

    I think it looks pretty cool. If it can be done with a low powered, inexpensive projector, I'd be game for it.
  5. Very distracting....!!!
  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    I think the idea sounds really cool.
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,689   +356

    Or you could just use the projector to have a much bigger environment without a TV in the middle of it? I feel MS are trying a bit too hard to make the Kinect seem like a futuristic swiss army knife...
  8. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +230

    Most people don't have giant blank walls to make use of a projector like that. Plus, a high res, good projector is NOT cheap. People already have TVs, they don't want to dish out a ton for a new projector. Depending on how MS achieves this, hopefully it can be done with an inexpensive, low res projector that doesn't suck up too much power.
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,689   +356

    Abandon the 3D gimmick and move onto the next one :)
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  10. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Cool, I want one!
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +697

    That's about as annoying as it gets. I'll pass...
  12. MrPromee

    MrPromee TS Rookie

    Seems like a living room version of what Disney started doing to the Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld and to The exterior or It's a Small World in Disneyland but in real time. If so, this has the potential to have a huge effect on home entertainment in general and without seeing it in person, it's really difficult to grasp how.
  13. jonjonjon

    jonjonjon TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I agree I have a slanted ceiling in my room and multiple corners. its not a huge perfect square. plus this just looks dumb. kinect already failed miserably on the 360 once the jumping/dancing gimmicky games wore off in 30 seconds. ms payed some dev to put some lame voice recognition in games so they could slap a better with kinect label on it. problem is you can do voice recognition with a the free mic that comes with xbox. anyone play end war? ms needs to just admit they jumped on the motion control fad to late when even nintendo was desperately trying to distance itself from the little kid motion control shovel ware garbage. time to ditch the kinect. why waste money putting kinect on the next xbox when that money could be much better spent on a gpu, cpu, memory or something that will actually help with gameplay.
  14. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    Kinect failed miserably... LOL

    This looks awesome to me. If I still had an xbox, I'd be all over that. Sure, a lot of people don't have their TV aligned on a square wall, but a lot of people don't have big TV's or optimal viewing spaces without windows and blah blah blah... when has it ever been the responsibility of the product designer to make it work in your living room? You rearrange your space when you upgrade your home theater system and need to put in a sub, tower speakers, and satellite speakers... You don't complain to Yamaha for not making their speakers fit in your house.
  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,462   +1,741

    Or, for better experience - just use a decent projector on the wall.
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  16. TypeR181

    TypeR181 TS Rookie

    It might be time to tidy my front room . I have dreamt of the day holorooms became a reality . A good first step :)
  17. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 303   +71

    This looks awesome. I want the immersive gaming experience. Sign me up!
  18. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    You've missed the point. This gives you a wider peripheral view. Filling an entire wall with a 1920x1080 projector is still 1920x1080.
    Vicenarian likes this.
  19. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    This looks very cool. I'd like to see how it would integrate with movies and such as well.
  20. I'm all over this baby!!
  21. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    I don't think it could. With games, a 3D/360 degree environment has already been rendered, and you are just moving through it. With movies, they would actually have to extrapolate what's in the scene into the wider field of vision, making this a much more complicated product. Some TV's do something like that with LEDs on the back of the set, but they are just displaying ambient colors that match what's on the display, not actual elements from the content.
  22. PinkyTC

    PinkyTC TS Rookie

    It's immersing, you can switch it OFF!
  23. PinkyTC

    PinkyTC TS Rookie

    It's an amazing concept, in my opinion it will bring the game (media) alive, combined with my 7.1 headphones......I'm there woo hoo
  24. Cool with racing games!
  25. TheKLF99

    TheKLF99 TS Rookie

    Optoma PK-301 LED Projetor and a black-out blind - £250 for the projector and £25 for the blackout blind = one massive 6ft wide screen... not too expensive (plus the PK-301 is portable and as small as a phone!)

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