Microsoft’s IllumiRoom peripheral projector is the Xbox 720′s killer feature
Microsoft has strongly hinted that the IllumiRoom augmented reality peripheral projector is linked to the next-generation Xbox 720, in much the same way that Project Natal (Kinect) was eventually linked to the Xbox 360. To celebrate, Microsoft has released a new video that showcases the awesome potential of IllumiRoom, and also a ton of details on how IllumiRoom actually works.
If you missed the original IllumiRoom unveil, let me bring you up to speed. IllumiRoom is a wide-angle projector that’s (ideally) situated on your coffee table, pointed at your big-screen TV. The current prototype has a Kinect strapped to the projector, but the final version will have a Kinect sensor built in. The built-in Kinect uses an automatic calibration process to captures the color and geometry (shape, depth) of the wall behind and furniture around your TV. Then you hook the IllumiRoom up to your next-generation Xbox (wirelessly), and watch in awe as peripheral projection takes you to new levels of game immersion.
It isn’t until you watch the video that you begin to understand just how awesome peripheral projection is. The video above was captured in real-time, and hasn’t been edited or composited in any way. What you see is really what you will get, with the Xbox 720 and IllumiRoom projector.
Using its knowledge of your living room’s colors and geometry, IllumiRoom can create a huge range of visually stunning effects. As you see in the video, IllumiRoom can boost the color saturation of your furniture (by projecting red light on a mahogany cupboard), turn your furniture black and white (by projecting desaturated colors), or outline every edge, creating a cartoony effect. IllumiRoom can also project a star field, snowflakes that gather on your shelves, or a futuristic Tron-like grid. One of the weirdest effects, called radial wobble, takes a photo of your living room, distorts it, and then projects the distorted image — so it looks like your living room is wobbling around.
The real magic takes place when games are programmed to take advantage of IllumiRoom, though. At its most basic, IllumiRoom projects the game world onto the wall/furniture, expanding your field of view; imagine sitting on the couch and having the world of Skyrim take up your entire field of view. Another option is to have IllumiRoom only display important features, such as projectiles and explosions — so instead of a shot missing you, you might see the bullet fly off to your left. Taking this one step further, IllumiRoom also makes it possible for objects — such as grenades — to roll out of the TV and onto the floor in front of your coffee table.
All of these effects can be combined — so the next Halo game might have rockets that fly into your peripheral vision, grenades that roll towards you, rain that puddles on the floor, and furniture that ripples whenever you’re struck by a plasma rifle. The same effects can also be used with non-game content; Peter Jackson could release a new version of Lord of the Rings that makes use of IllumiRoom, for example.
All told, the Microsoft Research team that developed IllumiRoom has created 11 different effects (detailed in their research paper), and they say that a lot more are possible. They have shown IllumiRoom to 10 gamers and 15 game designers, with both groups providing “very positive feedback.” Moving forward, IllumiRoom now has to be productized — it has to be turned into a single unit, encapsulating both a projector and Kinect sensor. “Ideally, IllumiRoom would be directly integrated into a next generation console and new games would be designed for IllumiRoom from the ground up,” the research paper says.
Considering Microsoft originally unveiled IllumiRoom at Samsung’s CES keynote, we’re fairly certain that Microsoft is working with Samsung to bring IllumiRoom to market. As for whether IllumiRoom will be ready for the Xbox 720′s launch this winter, who knows. Price-wise, going by the current price of wide-angle LED projectors, we’re probably talking about a few hundred dollars, too.
It's ironicaly STUPID how North niggaz hate on South niggaz so gotdamn hard 95% of todays' slang is form the South
"You already know"
"It is what it is"
Nobody says corny shit like "Yo' Son", "Dunny", "Yo' Kid!, "Mad Ill", "YOOOOO!" anymore....wack slang.
SOUTH RUN DIS SHIT NIGGAZ!
They think its dumb talking but their bops love our accent down here. A nigga don't even gotta talk game to her, all we gotta do is talk about something random & their panties are getting wet & ready to throw her ass to us
More ducks tales. Aint no broads but these bumpkins checking for that mush mouth shit they speak down here.
that's not true.
in fact, a lot of ppl try to imitate the way we speak and the lingo we use.
northerners don't wanna give the south props on actually being good at something, that's all.
being from the south, i don't respect that garbage Gucci or Bricksquad puts out. however, that shit is good for the atmosphere it's played in.
However, don't y'all feel it's a lil extreme seeing as how Juelz Santana had mostly southern artists on his mixtape? Northerners seem to be book-smarter than their southern counterparts. but it's niggas from ny/md in my city right now who get ran over.
I have lived in Atl for the last 15 years. I am northern transplant. Have I adopted certain local slang? Of course I have it helps to speak or at least understand the people you live around. But imitating some of the worse uneducated English I have ever heard would be totally counterproductive. I have an 11 and 12 year. I am always on them about the poor English and disgusting twang they pick up from school mates. My kids are southerns. My wife and I are northerners and it's quite interesting how we all joke about the differences that we have, having grown up in different parts of the country.
You are telling lies. The south is given props quite often. It's southerns that want props for having contributed the least to Hip Hop. As compared to the east coast and west coast the south doesn't come close. If, we are having a conversation about HBCU's, Civil Rights and our ancestry then I would agree with you. The south has contributed just as much if not more then any other parts of the country.
I can't respect something and then turn around and say it's good. That's called being confused. Considering I think Juelz is garbage as well, I really don't care who he has on his records. But nowadays because, some one appears on record doesn't mean they are talented or even good. Taking an educated guess. Juelz is simply going with the formula and who's is being given the green light to get backing and spins. At this point in the game it's southern artists and southern based record labels.
I'm sure there are northerners that get ran over as you call it but check this. I don't many southerners that could survive up north. There are many more northerners getting it in, in the south then there are southerns getting it in up north.