/// Microsoft’s Xbox Tries Turning the Entire Living Room Into a Videogame

January 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital

Gamers are already waving their hands around and talking to the Xbox thanks to the Kinect. Now, Microsoft is working on enhancing the visual experiences, too. A Microsoft Research project, called IllumiRoom, was unveiled this week at CES, which uses projectors to overlay images from the TV screen to all of the walls in the room. Microsoft is clear about calling this a proof of concept, but with a new Xbox on the horizon, it’s fun to think about the kinds of innovations that it could bring to market with new hardware. Geekwire dug up the video of Eric Rudder , Microsoft’s chief technical strategy officer, who introduced the project onstage during a Samsung press conference. In a video, animated snowflakes appear on the walls when it is snowing; stars float around the room when traveling through space; and the walls ripple to imitate the reverberation or echo of a gunshot in a first-person shooter. To get it to work, Microsoft is using a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector, so potentially the biggest hurdle to getting this to market will be the price of the equipment. Rudder said the technology could be used to enhance a TV or movie, a flight simulator or educational experiences. Here’s a video of IllumiRoom in action. As Microsoft notes, no special effects were added in the production of the video. In other words, this is real folks. RELATED POSTS: Things That Make You Go Hmm: CES Gets Weird CNET Wanders Into the CBS-Dish Crossfire at CES More Wi-Fi Spectrum on the Way, Says Genachowski CES Is So Infectious (Comic) Beats’ Jimmy Iovine on Steve Jobs, Spotify and Why He Can Make Subscriptions Work Beats’ New Music Subscription Service Gets a New Boss: Topspin’s Ian Rogers CES Lost and Found: A Hot Spot for Hotspots and Lost Teeth At CES, Chipmakers Go All In on Mobile Phablets the New Hotness in Mobile Devices? Not So Fast. President Clinton at CES: The World Needs More Smartphones (And Fewer Guns) Talking TVs With an Imaginary Consumer at CES Valve Pledges to Enter Videogame Console Wars With “Steam Box” Ballmer’s CES Keynote, Courtesy of Qualcomm (Video) Making It to CES on a Kickstarter and a Dream Intel: Trust Us! We’ve Got Mobile Devices on Lockdown … Next Year. Automakers Open Their In-Car Platforms: First Up, Ford, and Soon, GM CES: Fixing Your First-World Problems Since 1967 Acer President Wong: Consumers Are Still Confused by Windows 8 Cisco Teams With AT&T on Home Security Acer Targets Families, Newbies With Sub-$150 Iconia B1 Tablet Roku Adds More TV Partners, Looks Beyond the Set-Top Box Game On: Nvidia Previews “Project Shield,” a Handheld Android Console At CES, Lenovo Attempts to Go Big With 27-Inch “Table Computer” Health-and-Fitness Tech Grows at CES, but Challenges Lie Ahead Welcome to CES: A Trade Show, Not a Tastemaker CES 2013: The Year the “Connected Home” Becomes a Reality? LG Can’t Wait for CES, Spills Beans on New Google TVs Yahoo’s Mayer Hoping What Happens With Big Advertisers at CES Doesn’t Stay in Vegas Yeah, Don’t Expect Samsung Mobile’s “Next Big Thing” at CES

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