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Microsoft Shows Off Amazing Kinect-Powered IllumiRoom Technology

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Posted on January 9, 2013 AT 11:54am

Microsoft has released a new video showcasing IllumiRoom, a new Microsoft Research project that could take Xbox gaming to a whole new level.

“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,” Microsoft writes. “The effects in the video are rendered in real time and are captured live—not special effects added in post processing.”

The idea is this: via the combination of the Kinect sensor and a video projector, the experience of playing games could be expanded and augmented in some pretty crazy ways. Sure, some of what’s shown in this video could be completely obnoxious when trying to play a game—but it could also be mind-blowingly cool.

And—again, according to Microsoft—none of what you see in this video was the result of post-filming special effects. These are all things that the Xbox 360 + projector are doing in real-time.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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