In 2013 for the first time Microsoft were not the showcase brand at CES, but that hasn’t stopped them from being a large focus of the technology on showcase at the event. Sure there was always going to be plenty of Windows 8 laptops, tablets and smartphones… But the most interesting Microsoft product was in fact the Kinect, well not the Xbox Kinect exactly. Microsoft Research used CES 2013 to showcase a proof of concept for the future of Kinect and Home Entertainment – the IllumiRoom.
Microsoft have said that the “IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.”
While only a proof of concept at this stage Microsoft have said that it will reveal more details about the IllumiRoom at the ACM SIGCHI Conference in Paris in April. We’ll just have to wait and see if these features are to be included in a future version of Microsoft’s Xbox and or Kinect for Windows. For more information check out the video below.
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