Microsoft blurs lines between screens and walls with IllumiRoom

Microsoft Research plans to blur the boundaries between on-screen content and a viewer's local environment using a Kinect unit and a projector. The concept system, called IllumiRoom, is designed for gaming applications and is the first confirmation that the company is developing a patent application that InAVate uncovered in September last year.

The system first uses a Kinect for Windows camera to map the geometry of the room and projected content extends visuals across a room to create a fully immersive experience.

Whilst Microsoft has gaming applications in its sights, the developments could pave the way for cheaper, more flexible immersive video systems for projects with lower specifications.

Microsoft Research intends to present a paper detailing more information on the system at the 2013 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris, April 27 to May 2.