When Microsoft patented the Holodeck last September, I was unconvinced. The idea of projecting in-game graphics onto surfaces around your telly seemed far too impractical to ever manifest itself in reality. Well, a big hand to the Xbox R&D team, because we now have a proof-of-technology video. Ladies and gents, say hello to the Xbox IllumiRoom.
Showcased at CES last night, the device allows environments, weapon effects and HUD elements to spill beyond the edge of the screen. Microsoft says it can "change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences." The manufacturer insists that no post-production effects have been applied to the video below - everything's been filmed live.
The aforesaid patent makes mention of the ability to interact with projected graphics using Kinect. It's also possible the device will project in 3D. You might want to tidy up your living room, basically.
IllumiRoom may form part of the next generation Xbox console, rather than being sold separately. Leaked "Xbox 720" design materials from 2010 suggest that the machine will ship with reality augmentation glasses and a new version of Kinect.
What do you think?