'IllumniRoom,' New Microsoft Project For Xbox, Wants Your Whole Wall To Be A Video Game Screen (VIDEO)

01/10/2013 04:11 pm ET

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the folks at Microsoft Research showed a video of a future Xbox that, someday, could turn your dreary living room into a "Star Trek"-esque holodeck.

Here's the gist: With Microsoft IllumniRoom, the images of your video game won't end at the edges of your TV screen, but will instead fan out to the walls of your video gaming play place.

In essence, your entire wall will be one big screen.

The IllumniRoom magic is apparently made by combining a simple projector with a Kinect for Windows Camera. According to Microsoft's research arm, the IllumniRoom "uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics."

Researchers also promise that along with casting light around the TV, the IllumniRoom will eventually be able to "induce apparent motion" in the screen's surroundings.

Unfortunately, Microsoft didn't let other details -- like when this technology will hit store shelves -- off its chest when it presented the video above in Vegas on Wednesday, according to Engadget. The company has promised it will present a paper on IllumniRoom at a April 27 conference in Paris.

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