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Finally The Fate of Illumiroom is Revealed by Microsoft

Posted Jan 26, 2015
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Illumiroom was a technology under research show by Microsoft that used kinect and the sensors present within it to extend the screen of one’s T.V. while using the Xbox One console. It basically projected a part of the game behind the console and used the walls to enhance the gaming experience for the user. The way the technology worked was by first analysing the room using the sensors present in kinect and accordingly program the projectors to bring one-of-a-kind experience to the player.

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The technology was first revealed as patented in September last year when Microsoft was quite enthusiastic about it claiming that “IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept Microsoft Research project designed to push the boundary of living room immersive entertainment by blending our virtual and physical worlds with projected visualizations.”

While adding further that the proof of the concept “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.”

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Latest Plans About the Project Revealed

As you can quite well see that this was something Microsoft was quite serious about for some time and was putting money in the development for the project. But recently, the news has been quite different. The Xbox Live Operations Manager, Eric Neustadter gave an explanation on the latest Google Hangout.

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He said:

We said when IllumiRoom came out, it was a tech demo. It was never announced as a product, or something you would be able to buy. People got really excited about it, because it was really cool, but it was just a… “hey, let’s see if we can do this and figure out what to do with it.”

There are a lot of smart people running around Microsoft to invent a lot of really cool things that do not immediately become products.

There you go, that is the latest on the highly anticipated Illumiroom technology from Microsoft. To be honest, I am a bit disappointed that the technology couldn’t convert itself into reality. The concept was pretty amazing and would make gaming experience feel much more real but bad luck for Microsoft and Xbox One users out there. There will be plenty more things to be excited about!

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