Microsoft's Illumiroom demonstration has dropped and I gotta say that it's a pretty interesting concept. At first, I didn't know what the difference was between this and a regular projector that would just amplify the picture onto an entire wall, but the Illumiroom is more of a peripheral experience that may even be interactive. It will probably make the most sense to use with a Kinect and with first person shooter games.
I can see it working for other games too. For instance, for Madden games, you would be able to see practically the whole stadium. Or the picture would be amplified so that the field remains the same size, but the quarterback is much bigger on screen. The possibilities are out there, but as you can see from the video below, it is more of an environmental immersion. The player subject is still contained within the TV screen, which is kind of confusing.
Here is the basic idea:
As you can see, it is practically a projection, but for the first person shooter games, you can scan your environment to achieve your goal better. And as you can see below, they are working to project to the entire room so you get the FULL environment.
But why am I still talking? Check out the video below for a demonstration!
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