Microsoft reveals Xbox IllumiRoom concept at CES

Wednesday, 9th January 2013 19:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has shown IllumiRoom, a proof-of-concept system at CES 2013, which uses Kinect and a projector to augment surrounding objects.

All objects around the television screen are projected through visualizations which can “change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.”

A demo of the system is posted below, and was first outed via a patent application last fall.

More will be revealed at CHI 2013 in Paris on April 27.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. manamana

    Yeah, it’s teasing. But at least its innovative. It’s likely it will never see a consumers household though…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Belmont

    I think I once read a shallow rumor about that being in X720.
    It sounds nice but I don’t find it to be practical.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Keivz


    #3 2 years ago
  4. RandomTiger

    If I had a projector I would clear that wall and use that instead of the TV.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Well it is inovative. Gotta give them that much.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. polygem

    not so sure if i’d want that…looks stressfull but it’s indeed innovative and looks kinda cool.
    my dog wouldn’t be happy if i’d turn the room into an egoshooter nightclub though.
    does anyone know what kartracing game that was in the trailer…?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    Key phrase “a patent application”

    SONY and Nintendo versions should follow soon.

    Verdict: impressive but not for long.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I can imagine two things:

    Me getting sick with motion sickness.


    My dog chasing lights and dots all over the room and up the walls.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. CyberMarco

    @6 SuperTux Kart

    #9 2 years ago
  10. polygem



    same here…

    @9: thx…strange that they use that for the trailer…is it on xbl or something

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Tormenter

    I was about to say “gimmicky piece of crap” however I do have to admit it looks kinda cool, but if it acts like a projector then why not just get rid of the TV?

    Regardless of how cool it is/isn’t, I still wouldn’t put a camera that’s controlled by services run by a multi-national conglomerate in my house.

    You do know that they have full access to the feed, don’t you?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    In my opinion it is innovative but too much distraction.
    I’m not sure that this is a good idea in the end.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    Considering how much projectors cost and the set-up you need, i’m pretty sure people who have one would rather use it to project their game onto a big white screen rather than have it project around a TV. It just seems pointless and gimmicky.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight


    Its the same thing for what you do on the internet and if you have a camera hooked up at all day.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. fearmonkey

    Neat but looks like it would actually get in the way of enjoyment of the game.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Gojira77

    Not what i expected when i first read the patent. I thought it was gonna be closer to Virtual Reality type stuff, but that actually looks kinda pointless. I guess its up to the game developers to use it in a way that actually is more impressive. Im sure they can do it.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight


    Its proof of concept. THis is not the final stage and would have quite a way to go until release.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Tormenter

    Bulldust #14. The web camera on my computer, if I had one, would be controlled and administrated by software and user setting on my PC… yes it can be hacked, but that’s a different matter entirely.

    Microsoft have the keys to the controls of your XBOX and full 24 hour access to any and all camera feeds coming from it… You know nothing.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight


    Yeah and every time you use that camera where do you think that feed goes? Over the the internet into multiple places before it hits its destination.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Tormenter

    19. Are you just winding me up, am I not being clear enough or are you just not seeing what I’m saying?

    Yes, a webcam feed TRAVELS around the net before it reaches it’s destination.. HOWEVER, that feed isn’t open to everyone and their mum, it has to be hacked, however easy a job some may find it.. and I can certainly make it more difficult at my end.

    But MS don’t have to hack a god damned thing they all ready own the code that gives them full administration access to your xbox and camera feed.

    I hope I’ve make my distinction clear.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight


    ISP have access to it especially so in America under the Patriot Act. I can play this game all day. Seeing you get all pissy is quite hilarious.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. The_Red

    Rather cool looking tech demo. I could do wonders for horror titles if used properly. Specially liked the part with the world featuring a whole different filter outside TV screen.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. FabioPal


    @13 I don’t think that their plan (if any) is to have it using a projector. Maybe some kind of technology to project bits and pieces in the environment? maybe integrated in the Kinect sensor? Who knows… I should try and find the paper in which the technology is discussed…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Tormenter


    My apologies, I didn’t know you were just trolling.

    I’ll leave you to your bridge.

    #24 2 years ago

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