With the latest Xbox being revealed in the upcoming weeks, Microsoft has been busy with other projects which are likely to follow afterwards. After being seen for the first time at January’s CES show, the Illumiroom is latest in immersive technology thanks to the use of a Kinect and a projector. The Kinect scans your living room and takes measurements, so that the projector can display graphics around the room creating the play space to increase dramatically, which could be particularly useful in first player games. The colours are matched using a technique called “radiometric compensation” and the Kinect and projector can be mounted wherever is convenient in the room. The “illusions” that are projected can differ from special effects around the images on the screen, enlarging the game as a whole, or transforming your room to look totally different, for example, turn it into a cartoon style. Below is a full demonstration of how system looks.
A tall building in Sao Paulo, Brazil has transformed into an enormous game of retro classic Tetris. The passers-by on the street were able to play on the extra-large monitor (300m2) via iPads, whilst the coloured blocks were projected onto the building’s surface with 100,000 LED lamps. A version of the Space Raiders game was also available and attracted a lot of attention from tourists and residents alike. The project, coined “Play!” by its digital artists, was available for two weeks in the city, an extended period than what was expected, due to the success.