This past week saw the debut of some next-generation tech from Microsoft and it certainly seems like it matches up with the patent that was discovered back in September of last year from the very same company.
According to a report from Pocket-Lint on Wednesday, Microsoft’s newest gaming tech is called IllumiRoom, which many are associating with the Xbox 720, and it is extremely similar to what was discovered during the fall of last year.
The research team behind the IllumiRoom tech said, “our system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics.
“Our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences,” researchers said.
The basic idea behind this new concept is that the projected images expand the playing field to the entire room, versus just the television screen, which is suppose to deliver a more immersive entertainment experience.
The video attached to this article demonstrates all of this and seems to be the same projection tech that was found back in September.
The patent for an “immersive display experience” said the feature will provide players with a more realistic gaming experience because of the moving displays on various surfaces that will be within its range.
It also went on to state that this specific technology would be “an immersive 3D experience using suitable headgear, such as active shutter glasses.”
When viewing the video, the headgear concept seems to have been figured out by Microsoft as the person demoing the product was not seen wearing any sort of specific headgear. Not sure where the 3D aspect of this comes into play though.
The video parallels the patent that was found last fall and it showed a projected environment within the given space of the wall. No one, except the person demoing the tech, can really talk about how immersive the tech feels, but it looks impressive nonetheless.
So with the patent from last year and the demo, it’s safe to say that was what Microsoft has been working on all this time.
Another question for IllumiRoom though, is whether or not the displayed environment outside of the television will also be high-definition or if resolution suffers with the display feature being activated.
In addition, this tech could be a bit difficult for the gamer to read the environment around him/her because of various objects like bookshelves being in the room.
Those will be interesting factors to consider as Microsoft apparently will divulge further information about the tech this coming April in Paris at ACM.
Do you see this new tech as a breakthrough or something too similar to a projection screen you can purchase at Best Buy today?