Yesterday at CES 2013, Microsoft showcased a new technology that has been in the works at Microsoft Research. This technology takes on the name of IllumiRoom, which is described as being a proof-of-concept system. Through the displaying of the technology, Microsoft centers its usage around providing an immersive gaming experience. You can take a look at a few photos of IllumiRoom in action in the slide-show above.
With this shown, it brings us to believe that Microsoft may have plans to bring this technology to the unannounced Xbox 720. IllumiRoom makes use of a projector in order to enhance the visual experience of a display.
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.
As can be seen in the video to the left of this article, the use of this technology can bring a deeper form of immersion to the video game audience. Currently, Microsoft has not revealed any plans of implementation of this technology into the system, but it seems very fitting that this technology will be used with the Xbox 720, which can be seen through the concept photos in the slide-show above.