Microsoft Unveils IllumiRoom, Moves One Step Nearer to a Holodeck

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Microsoft has finally unveiled the first iteration of its Holodeck style Augmented Reality technology.

Revealed to the public yesterday at CES by Microsoft’s Chief Technology Strategy Officer Eric Rudder, the tech is called IllumiRoom and it’s really kinda cool.

IllumiRoom scans the room in which you are playing with a Kinect device and then, with a separate projector, beams relevant visual information out onto the walls, floor and ceiling.

"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," says the blurb.

"The effects in the video are rendered in real time and are captured live – not special effects added in post processing.”

Of course we knew about this tech before, thanks to a patent filing from last year. What neither of these stories mention, however, is that this tech is just a stepping stone towards Microsoft’s ultimate goal of a fully interactive virtual environment beamed into your living room, complete with interactive items.

You can discover more about IllumiRoom here.

My dream of being gangster Picard just got one step closer.


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