Microsoft Illumiroom Unveiled – Future Tech for Xbox 720?

Microsoft wants to ideally integrate it into a next generation console, and design new games.

Posted By | On 29th, Apr. 2013

Microsoft has released a new video for its experimental projector called Illumiroom. The software giant, and manufacturer of the Xbox 360 console describes it as an “ultra-wide field of view device sitting on the user’s coffee table, projecting over a large area surrounding the television. The device would be connected wirelessly to a next generation gaming console as a secondary display.”

What this means, is that you can extend your display beyond what is seen on the normal TV screen. Using Kinect to extend the field of view, as well as projecting images like light sources and particle effects, Illumiroom tries to create the illusion of the world outside of the confines of the display.

Showing off the technology at the CHI 2013 conference in Paris, Microsoft published a paper that said, they ideally want Illumiroom “to be directly integrated into a next generation console and new games would be designed for IllumiRoom from the ground up.”

This is interesting, considering Microsoft will be revealing the next Xbox on May 21st. Maybe Illumiroom will be a future upgrade. For now, the road to E3 2013 just got even more exciting.


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