IllumiRoom Projects Images Beyond Your TV for an Immersive Gaming Experience

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. The effects in the video are rendered in real time and are captured live -- not special effects added in post processing.

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Old McGroin1837d ago

My first thought when I saw this video was "Holy Crap!". But I think we've all been stung by concept videos in the past so gonna reserve judgement. Still, the idea has a lot of potential.

Ghost_of_Tsushima1837d ago

Yea if it makes it to us exactly the way it looks in the video the ill be very impressed. It looks really good. Where's the projection coming from to do that?

000011837d ago

in the leaked xbox720 documents from last spring it was coming from a small sphere that looked like an old skool web cam for a pc, but that of course was only a mock up drawing i suppose since it was next to the mock up xbox720 that lloked like a dvd player lol.

Old McGroin1837d ago

@ Marcus_Fenix

"Yea if it makes it to us exactly the way it looks in the video the ill be very impressed. It looks really good."

Agreed, and you have to remember too that the player will be focused on the screen itself so all of the surrounding images will blend in to the players peripheral vision. Will be pretty mental for any onlookers watching someone play Geometry Wars or something along those lines!

TheGamerDood1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Looks a lot like what Sony has been working on but Sony's version does look a lot better.

I personally think it's a little distracting and kind of annoying while trying to game to have all that crap going on. I think MS has made another bad decision by going with this tech and instead see the trends going towards tech like the Oculus Rift and Sony's on VR headset.

And it looks like that MS document on 720 that got leaked a few months back was pretty accurate.

pixelsword1837d ago

It does look very good, I'd like to see if it could use every game like that or just games that choose to use that technology.

The only problem is that it could vanish just like that Milo game.

TheKayle1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

yeahthe sony version is in a total black room with 4 person around that help the scene ....theres nothing if not the nice effect of the pls...give up on the "lot better" lol

i like what ms is doing...pls give us this with he new kinect

TheGamerDood1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )


ok so lets see if I can help you out here. Take away Santa's little helpers, all the props the furniture and just concentrate on the walls....what do you see? Ooooh! It's exactly the same tech MS is trying to achieve, only better. Do you not see the 3D effects? The higher quality elements being projected onto the walls the richer colors.

@Old McGroin

they stated in the article that this is a proof of concept device only and it made no mention of when it would being ready for the consumer market. So under those parameter yes it's fair to compare the two.

Old McGroin1837d ago

@ TheGamerDood

Yeah, Sony's version looks really cool as well, saw that video a while back, but it's not exactly practical considering the amount of work it looks like is going on during the whole thing! I'd imagine by now that Sony have something pretty similar to what MS are currently showing off in the works as well. Exciting times ahead :)

TheKayle1837d ago

@ TheGamerDood

the colour r brighter for the dark room....

what they r doing is totally different ....where u r seeing a game in action on the xbox side....u r seeing some lightin effect that u can do with any laser lightin out there without any other hardware plugged in...

when ill see something practical from sony yeah....ill judge

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TheGamerDood1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )


I don't think Sony would have a problem projecting certain elements of a game onto a wall or combining that with your TV, but why would they when Sony is capable of putting the entire game into your room on multiple walls so you would be totally immersed in the game itself and would control/play it by using a Move controller. How is that not better than IllumiRoom?


"they stated in the article that this is proof of concept only and it made no mention of when it would be ready for the consumer market so under those parameters yes it's fair to compare one experimental tech to another."

BitbyDeath1837d ago


How'd they do the floor though?
Projecting just in front of you ala Xbox style is one thing but the entire room?

Don't know how that'd work??...

nukeitall1837d ago

I think with MS or Sony's implementation what is more important isn't just how well it looks, but if it is practical for home use. Both in price and convenience.

There are motion capture systems far better than Kinect, but nothing that comes close in the price range at the time of release.

I hope MS or Sony can release this at a reasonable price and convenience. Maybe it can be integrated into the Kinect 2. That would be pretty cool!

nukeitall1837d ago

Turns out this is done using Kinect!

Now MS just needs to package it neatly with a cheap projector! Pretty cool:

"It's actually a Microsoft Research project that uses a Kinect for a Windows camera combined with a projector. It apparently "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." Sure it's still in the prototype stage, but color us intrigued. We'll be sure to follow up with the Redmond giant to see if we can get a bit more up close and personal with this. Stay tuned."

MikeMyers1837d ago

"My first thought when I saw this video was "Holy Crap!". But I think we've all been stung by concept videos in the past so gonna reserve judgement. Still, the idea has a lot of potential. "

Same thinking as me. It's all fine and dandy seeing early concepts and potential ideas but I want concrete stuff from now on. I don't want teaser trailers for games with no confirmed release date, I don't want tech demos for new ideas and new controllers with no real game, I don't want mock-up scenarios on stage that is all scripted. Just give me the truth, I think I can handle it.

ArmrdChaos1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Love people trying to compare a prototype to blueman group and cardboard box performance art. All I have to do pick up 4 projection TV's and mount them on my ceiling for each wall...what are those, 800 - 1200 a pop? That example is really no different than this on 4 walls:

Which was done prior to 2009. I guess Sony copied off of them?

SilentNegotiator1837d ago

"Xbox, go overboard"

"Where's the projection coming from to do that?"
The CGI overlays added in post-production.

spicelicka1837d ago

What surprised me the most was that they showed primarily shooting games in this, usually in prototype videos like when the kinect was unveiled they show casual and useless games.

Showing these core games really brings my hopes up. This thing with kinect can provide ridiculous potential!!

nukeitall1837d ago


There is no post processing, that is real time done with a Kinect and a project as captured by video:

"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. The effects in the video are rendered in real time and are captured live -- not special effects added in post processing."

Pretty cool!

MurDocINC1837d ago

I have my TV wallmount on a plain wall surround by nothing, this would be awesome on my setup. Projection would be nice and clear. It would be like having 150" tv instead of 60".

sikbeta1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Sounds cool, lets see if it'll be implemented in the near future, mid-gen would be OK, no need to push it right out of the gate IF its going to rise the price of the nextbox

SilentNegotiator1836d ago (Edited 1836d ago )


They can *say* whatever they want. Where's the projector in the video?

nukeitall1836d ago


Does it matter if you can see the projector or not?

It's not like the projector is some kind of magic thing. All the magic is done with the Kinect and how the software decides to lay projection onto the furniture.

You are just looking for some BS reason to discredit what has already been stated. No post processing b*tch!

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Outside_ofthe_Box1837d ago

As of right now it's definitely a very impressive concept. Hopefully they'll be able to pull it off. The next step in increasing immersion.

EddieNX 1837d ago

But I thought all hardcore gamers liked to sit down with a controller with no ''gimmiks'' when they got home from work ?

They all change their tune - This thing is like the biggest gimmik ever. It may be fun who knows..

Tr10wn1837d ago

it look fun to me and i got the perfect wall for this.

-Alpha1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Thought this was funny:

The next step.

Outside_ofthe_Box1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )


Personally I don't see this as any more of a "gimmick" than installing surround sound speakers in your living room. And this can be applied to hardcore games no problem unlike motion controls which we have yet to see a GREAT hardcore game that only uses motion controls. Hopefully next gen we'll finally see one.

I also see it(along with motion controls) as the foundation for technology of the future. This quote from another article sums up my feelings about it pretty well:



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fr0sty1837d ago

OK, for the first time, Microsoft, you've shown me a way to use kinect that I like. I do professional video projection mapping for a living, so to see it and video gaming seamlessly integrate like this is actually really cool. As others have said, however, I'll reserve judgment until I can see this thing in use. I also would like to see more innovative uses other than a limited "wider screen". My second concern would be cost vs. brightness. A good bright projector doesn't come cheap. Toss in a Kinect and an Xbox on top of that... and I can see where these rumors of having to sign up for 2 year service plans of Xbox live to afford the console come from. That doesn't even take the kinect glasses into consideration either.

I'd rather just have VR, but to it's defense it does enable more immersion without the headgear.

doogiebear1837d ago

U have any idea's as to how this can breathe fresh air into the gaming scene? I mean: how can this product introduce new ways of playing games (other than a mere gimmick of an extended width of the tv screen's parameters)

kneon1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Until we aLl start gaming in uncluttered, light colored rooms then this sort of thing is just going to add useless gimicky effects to the game.

They can't project anything useful off the screen because there is no guarantee that it will be visible. If there is a door or window or some dark furniture you won't see the image well enough to be useful.

Wigriff1837d ago

What you are saying, concerning the room dedicated specifically for gaming, doesn't seem viable either. First off, someone would have to own a house with a spare room that they could dedicate for gaming. Then you would have to probably limit seating to 1 chair or small sofa for the gamer. What else would you be able to have in there? Where would drinks, snacks, or even your cellphone sit?

I think the solution to the problem would end up being better spacial detection so that the device CAN properly adjust to your surroundings, instead of expecting the gamer to adapt their surroundings to the device. Regardless, this sort of innovation probably won't be fully realized anytime soon.

Maybe some real creative companies could figure out how to use this current innovation to do some spectacular and unexpected things, though. Or... maybe it will just end up being a novelty, like you suspect. *shrug*

kneon1837d ago

I didn't mean to imply this was a viable solution, it's not at all viable. Ideally you would need no furniture, windows or doors anywhere forward of where you are sitting and have white or very light colored walls.

As for adapting to the room that could be done in some cases but you could still never guarantee that what needs to be displayed can be displayed properly. So because of this it's only extra special effects that are worth doing with this tech.

Abdou231837d ago

The first( Project Natal ) concept videos come to mind instantly when watching this, but for this idea to work best the area around the TV should be blank white wall.

Games4M - Rob1837d ago

That was exactly what I thought, and we all know what a crock of bullshit that turned out to be.

majiebeast1837d ago

More smoke and mirrors by microsoft all their concept video's are fake remember the natal 1 yeah same as this.

chrispseuphoria1837d ago

Yeah, talking to characters within games would have been cool. Think of the Milo demo but within a world like Skyrim or Fallout. That would be insanely immersive - much more than this projection technology, I can tell you.

wishingW3L1836d ago (Edited 1836d ago )

I was going to write a similar comment because seriously why is that people are so naive all the time as to fall for these kind of stuff? You can bet that IllumiRoom will be nothing like this vid and most of it looks totally fake.

Anon19741837d ago

That looks really cool. I'd setup a cheap projector with a TV for this. Looks perfect for a basement, den setup without a lot of competing light.

Megaton1837d ago

My first thought was of the kid uploading his skateboard, or Milo.

chukamachine1837d ago

Are you kidding?

Potential to do what. Dance in your frontroom.

Just put up a discolight, another awful gimmick.

OMFG Microsoft are becoming Nintendo.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1837d ago

this thing looks like it could be really awesome if it works like that. i'd love to play COD, BF, Halo, Gears, Madden, 2K Basketball, Batman and all the rest in those modes. that's just awesome looking. love the time we're living in.

Oh_Yeah1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

This is going to cause seizures on an epidemic level..That was my first thought.

monkpunk11837d ago

OMG, it's like having an epileptic fit whilst holding flashlights in your living room! Either that or it will bring on more seizures!

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mcstorm1837d ago

I really do wish the Fan boys ect would just give it a rest. This Is this site full of kids? Sony has an idea and MS has an idea get over it. Everyone has there own vision for products that are the same.

This looks a really good idea and if MS can pull it off with there next gen console it would be impressive but I don't see it being done for next gen consoles.

I said when Kinect came out that this was just the start of what the device can do and ech version that comes out will offer more and more and I think over the next 10 years we will see some good changes in the device.

Looks a good idea by MS and will be interesting to see where it goes.

Really like a lot of stuff Microsoft are doing in terms of hardware and software. MS now need to get there products pushed onto the public to get there ideas selling.

Jaces1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Seems neat but I found myself being constantly distracted by the surrounding projections taking place, don't know if I'd be able to concentrate on the game when I have stars whizzing by my head.

I don't know though, it's only a concept vid so it's hard to judge exactly what it'll be like. Cool idea though.

TekoIie1837d ago

Depends on how its incorporated to be honest.

I mean wouldnt it be badass if your playing dead space and walking down a corridor. A light is shining behind you and a necromorph walks in fronnt of that life and and IllumiRoom will display the shadow!!! That IMO would be freaking terrifying seeing a shadow in the room and for minute thinking "dafuq's that?"... And insanity ensues!

Thats a way it could be incorporated well :)

morkendo231836d ago (Edited 1836d ago )

Is microsoft serious???? with this crap. projected images??? if they think for one minute this will beat ps4 offering they mise well pick up their final check now. thought this thing had excitement to intice me to the DARK SIDE of the force. jadi knight will reign supreme (ps4)

evilunklebud1836d ago

That looks really cool....

TAURUS-5551836d ago

this is the childest thing ive ever seen, lights in your room ? ridiculous.

3-4-51836d ago

be cautious....

Remember all the Cool commericials in the 90's and how when you got the Toy or Game it was nothing like in the commercial.

This could be like that.

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Cocozero1837d ago

Xbox 720 will certainly be something special

pandaboy1837d ago

yep, RIP ps4 unfortunately.

DEATHSTROKE-cro-1837d ago

yeah, maybe it will have more than 3 games and not just Halo, Gears and Forza XD

at least I know Guerrilla Games (Killzone), Sucker Punch (inFamous), Media Molecule (LBP), Santa Monica (GOW) are having 2 teams and one of them is making new IP. and on top of that, we, PS4 owners, will get sequels to already great games on PS3.

000011837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

cool idea non the less, this is the concept i believe for the kinect and Augmented Reality glasses that were in those leaked xbox720 documents discussed with having plans for this tech to launch in 2014.

pixelsword1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

I thought we hated wearing glasses... ;)

At any rate, it looks nice to play; a 3d type of thing I guess.

000011837d ago

it may have changed since you notice neither one of the demo actor/actress wore glasses lol, who knows

konnerbllb1837d ago

Projector behind the player

pixelsword1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Yeah, I noticed them not wearing glasses; I also noticed they didn't show exactly where that image is coming from, or where the console was, either :D

We're assuming it's a projector when they didn't show a projector or an image coming from the back. Is the projector a part of the console, or kinect, or an independent part from both? How will the image carry over to the projector while the disc is in the console?

You have to assume the scanner is at least on your face (impressive if it is), and at the most behind you to scan in front of you, so does kinect now have to be in the back? How does the projector get the image from the xbox? will there be lag between the two like kinect's lag?

It's just that concept and final product may have many differences, so I'm not writing off the glasses or projected image as of yet.

Rainstorm811837d ago

A projector to augment your surroundings?? My first question would be cost, this seems like it would be at least the price of Kinect ifself

3GenGames1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Projector bulbs are the price of Kinect it's self, you can expect this to be a pretty expensive add-on.

Double_Oh_Snap1837d ago

Very cool, and probably a pretty penny as well.