Back in May this year, you would have seen our news article on Microsoft’s Illumiroom project, which uses projection and a Kinect to create an immersive space for gaming and films. Despite being every tech lover’s dream, it appears we won’t be seeing this in our living rooms anytime soon, according to a senior Microsoft executive.
According to their head of product planning, the set up could cost up to thousands of dollars per customer, which just isn’t plausible and so for now the concept will remain as “just research”. Despite the Xbox One being launched, there was no specific talk linking to the Illumiroom and apparently many were sceptical due to the average customer not owning a projector for home use. With this and the BBC’s visual equivalent of surround sound mentioned in the last few months, it will be interesting to see if any further developments appear by the end of 2013.
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.