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Microsoft's IllumiRoom Concept Makes Your Living Room Terrifying

firefly2003firefly2003 Los Angeles, CAPosts: 2,521Member Uncommon

Microsoft is no rookie when it comes to experimenting with new gaming technology, as they've spent over two years trying to convince us that Kinect is a thing worth owning. Based on a new tech demo video showcased at Samsung's CES keynote, they're working on a new display-based accessory that incorporates the gamer's living room.

I'm no expert on display technology, but it appears that the IllumiRoom accessory makes it so a whole bunch of crazy crap gets shined all over your walls. The video below showcases flames erupting out of the side of the television, city streets and other backgrounds scrolling by on the room's back wall, and assorted particles flying all over the entertainment center's drawers and shelves. 

According to the official Microsoft Research YouTube page, this video is a real time demonstration. A thread on NeoGAF is currently speculating that the tech may be related to this patent

No details regarding a potential retail release were discussed, but the Microsoft Research site says that more info is coming in late April at the CHI 2013 conference in Paris..


  • TheutusTheutus Destin, FLPosts: 636Member Uncommon
    buy a projector. set a screen thats too small for it. same affect. looks distracting.
  • scooby1971scooby1971 BradfordPosts: 2Member Uncommon
    I agree wih Theutus on this one. 
  • CastillleCastillle KhobarPosts: 2,676Member Uncommon

    I remember there being a product like this it was called "adaptive ambient lighting" or something....It worked on DX games and it would light up the stuff based on the light on your screen o.O

    Edit : nvm after watching the vid, the products are compeltely different.  this is just a projector rofl

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  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member Common

    ive seen tvs like this that cvast lights to the sides as a peripheral vision thing.  this just seems to take it one step further.


    however, what are the GPU costs on this, effectively your rendering a scene for a massive resoloution, teough you can only see the central bit clearly on your screen.,

  • snapfusionsnapfusion San, CAPosts: 954Member
    My god that looks messy and annoying, like a bad disco ball in your living room.
  • r3zs1ckn3ssr3zs1ckn3ss Wauwatosa, WIPosts: 369Member Uncommon
    The ONLY way this will work if is you have your room set up with only a "borederless" LCD and special wall paint made for HD projection devices. I would totally do it if they gave you an option to add side and back projection as well. I mean how cool would it be to see not only what's in front, but looking to your left and right, looking behind you and seeing whatever the in game terrain is as your flooring. It would be like having the closest thing to Start Trek's Holodecks. But right now it isn't practical, would obviously NOT have the options mentioned, and I'm sure it wouldn't be cheap.

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  • DragonantisDragonantis DublinPosts: 974Member Uncommon
    All those picture frames and shelfs make it look so crappy, if I was gonna go for this id paint the wall my TV was in front of a dark color and have nothing else there but the TV.
  • TheBigDRCTheBigDRC Everson, WAPosts: 162Member
    Bleh, eye-sore.

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  • kadepsysonkadepsyson Phoenix, AZPosts: 1,917Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Theutus
    buy a projector. set a screen thats too small for it. same affect. looks distracting.

    Ah, so there are projectors that can have the user interface centered in a much smaller area than normal while having a large viewing area for the game world on an Xbox game?


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