Microsoft Shows Off "IllumiRoom", A Peripheral Projected Illusions for Interactive Experiences

Microsoft Research's "IllumiRoom" augments the area surrounding a television with projected visualizations to enhance traditional gaming experiences.

Microsoft posted details along with a teaser video displaying IllumiRoom, which is described as "a proof-of-concept system" that augments the area surrounding a television with projected visualizations to enhance traditional gaming experiences.

"We investigate how projected visualizations in the periphery can negate, include, or augment the existing physical environment and complement the content displayed on the television screen," Microsoft explains.

"Peripheral projected illusions can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new physical gaming experiences," the company added.

"Our system is entirely self-calibrating and is designed to work in any room."

Say if you're playing in a forest terrain shooting zombies, a forest grows in your living room; if running through snow while escaping Nazi-zombies, expect a winter wonderland.

Check out the video below for a detailed exploration of the design space of peripheral projected illusions and the demonstration showing off the ways to trigger and drive such illusions from gaming content.