Microsoft Research have just released the first proof-of-concept video of IllumiRoom, that you can watch above, which is the name of their 3D projection device that they previously called the “Immersive Display Experience” in the patent documents revealed last September! According to the description the projection you see in the video is real and recorded there and then, not a mock up added later in post-production. IllumiRoom was first revealed at CES earlier today.

UPDATE: Microsoft actually revealed IllumiRoom during Samsung’s CES 2013 keynote presentation, so maybe the projection technology inside it is being made by Samsung?

Here’s more info from the Microsoft Research website:

IllumiRoom: Peripheral Projected Illusions for Interactive Experiences

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience.

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.

Stay tuned for more information and a paper explaining all the details coming up at ACM CHI 2013.


So is this going to be bundled with the next-gen Xbox, maybe inside Kinect 2 itself?! Hopefully we’ll find out at E3 this June if not before then. (As it says above, there will be more revealed at the ACM CHI 2013 in Paris which runs from April 27th to May 2nd.) It may be compatible with the PC too since the info from Microsoft Research’s website says that the version in the video is using Kinect For Windows. Let us know what you think about this HUGE revelation in the comments below!

Source: Microsoft Research's YouTube Channel, Microsoft Research's website, Engadget
Thanks to 123KINECT visitor Yaniv Cogan for submitting this news!