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Microsoft’s IllumiRoom – may be the beginning of a fascinating augmented reality system

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Microsoft's IllumiRoom scanning the room on startup

Microsoft’s IllumiRoom is a fascinating proof-of-concept home entertainment/video gaming system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience providing the viewer an almost surreal 3D surround type effect. IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a entertainment projector to capture the appearance and geometry of the room and adapt the projected visuals in real-time.  As you can see in the video below, IllumiRoom can detect furniture and other objects in the room, then alter the appearance of the room, extend a game’s field of view, and trigger apparent motion.

The technology is currently in the proof-of-concept stage.  Microsoft will divulge more information on the IllumiRoom technology at the human-computer interaction ACM SIGCHI conference in Paris, France, which runs April 27-May 2.

The video below has been captured live and is not the result of any special effects added in post production.


Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Project


Sources: USA Today, Microsoft