Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 01:50PM
Since last we saw Illumiroom at CES in January, the technology has come quite a ways. But while it’s still a spectacular technology display, don’t look for it to pop up in any Xbox announcements in the near future. In fact, Hrvoje Benko and Brett Jones with Microsoft Research told us during a interview that while they have Illumiroom technology working well at this point, they’re not likely to even demo it to the public until July at Siggraph.
That’s not to say that you’re not going to want it. The researchers showed in detail exactly how it works: using a Kinect to scan your living room, then projecting a series of “illusions” onto it with a wide-screen projector, getting the colors just right using a technique called “radiometric compensation.” The projector can be mounted in virtually any convenient spot in the room, like the ceiling or a table. While the technology can be used with other forms of entertainment, researchers concentrated on gaming, since they’re able to generate source material that works well with the effects. Some of those illusions include “focus,” which displays special effects around the images, “segmented focus,” which extends the display to portions of the living (requiring extra material to be generated, and “appearance,” which can actually change the look of the living room. Despite the still-early phase of the research, it’s definitely whetting our appetite for more — stay tuned for a video demonstrating the tech along with an interview with the team.
Reference source: Engadget