If Microsoft’s strategy was to generate a buzz by saying as little as possible, then it worked. These past few months have been crazy with rumors about always online, subsidized Xbox 720s and more. So, the day before the big reveal, let’s add one more rumor to the pot–the Illumiroom.
The Illumiroom is Microsoft’s latest gimmick or greatest innovation–depending on who you talk to. It’s basically a projector that works with the Kinect to create a higher level of immersion while you game. To do this, the Kinect scans your room to record its color and geometry to assist with the projection of visuals in real time.
The Illumiroom will “break” the boundaries of your television set and project game on the wall behind the television. In addition to this, it will also project images between the television and yourself. This sort of technology would benefit a game like Skyrim. It would be pretty cool to see snow falling while adventuring in Winterhold.
In addition to simply extending your field of vision or projecting falling objects, the Illumiroom also alters the appearance of your gaming space. It can manipulate the edges of objects in the room to give them a ripple effect, cartoony look and more. The goal here is total immersion. By manipulating your gaming space so that it matches the feel of your game, Microsoft hopes to limit distractions from outside sources. Of course, this is hard to achieve when your bookshelf suddenly has a starring role in Need for Speed. Maybe there is a bedroom level.
Not sure what to make of all of this hoopla? Check out the video below for more information and let us know what you think about Microsoft’s latest technological marvel.