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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Now you can become "invisible." <a href="http://mashable.com/2011/04/14/xbox-kinect-hacks/#4qhXQ_1CQjg" target="_hplink">Mashable</a> writes, "
On April Fool's day, Google introduced a phony new feature called <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/01/googles-april-fools-day-joke-gmail-motion_n_843449.html" target="_hplink">Gmail Motion</a>, which would supposedly let users control their inbox without using a mouse or keyboard. A week later, USC's Institute for Creative Technologies <a href="http://www.switched.com/2011/04/04/kinect-makes-gmail-motion-april-fools-prank-a-reality/" target="_hplink">brought the joke to life</a>.
3D Shadow Puppets
<a href="http://www.geek.com/articles/games/kinect-hack-makes-awesome-digital-shadow-puppet-show-possible-20101119/" target="_hplink">Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson</a> use the Kinect to track the motions of their arms and fingers as they mime shadow puppets in front of the sensor. A 3D character is projected that mimics the puppet's motions and comes to life.
Super Mario Brothers
YouTube user <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CTJL5lUjHg" target="_hplink">Yankeyan</a> has created an interactive version of Nintendo's beloved "Super Mario Brothers" that accepts input from full-body motions. The game is quite a workout, Yankeyan explains on his YouTube page. "Mario isn't designed to be played like this, so this is really really hard," he says.
3D Video Capture
One of the earliest Kinect hackers, computer scientist <a href="http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/Kinect/index.html" target="_hplink">Oliver Kreylos</a> modified his Kinect to display a <a href="http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/Kinect/index.html" target="_hplink">hologram-like image</a> he could control from his computer.
Combining a Kinect sensor with a programmable iRobot cleaning device, MIT student <a href="http://singularityhub.com/2010/11/17/hacked-irobot-uses-xbox-kinect-to-see-the-world-obey-your-commands-video" target="_hplink">Philipp Robbel</a> was able to create a device that creates a 3D map of its surrounds and can recognize humans and respond to certain gestures. Robbel hopes that his <a href="http://singularityhub.com/2010/11/17/hacked-irobot-uses-xbox-kinect-to-see-the-world-obey-your-commands-video" target="_hplink">KinectBot</a> creation may be used to help locate and bring aid to people in disaster situation.
Augmented Reality 'Vision' For The Blind
Created by graduate students in Germany, the wearable <a href="http://www.immersivetech.org/academic/kinect-to-help-the-blind-see-in-augmented-reality/" target="_hplink">Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired</a> (NAVI) system uses infrared data about the surrounding area and converts it into audio information that guides the visually impaired person. The NAVI issues a warning countdown when the wearer approaches an obstacle like a door.
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University control a <a href="http://medgadget.com/2011/02/kinect_3d_gaming_camera_used_to_control_da_vinci_surgical_robot.html" target="_hplink">da Vinci surgical robot via Kinect</a>, allowing the user to perform gesture-based incisions from a distance. [via <a href="http://xboxkinecthub.com/hacks/top-10-best-kinect-hacks/" target="_hplink">Xbox Kinect Hub</a>]
Kinect Home Automation goes HTML5
nitrogen.posterous.com In this video you'll see my latest Kinect software, a web interface for configuring the Kinect for home automation. You'll also see, for the first time ever, my own home automation software. See a more complete description on my blog, linked above.
Kinect Home Automation goes HTML5
With the HTML5 though, the Kinect Automated Home Lighting software can be used and viewed in the web browser. This development makes it more convenient to users who may want to view the status of their home lighting through the web. This also poses the possibility of manipulating the lights through one’s browser. http://www.kinecthacks.com/kinect-home-lighting-now-on-htlm5/
This Kinect hack gives you x-ray specs--sort of--by allowing you to "see" through your body. <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/04/magic-mirror-kinect-hack-puts-an-x-ray-spin-on-augmented-reality/" target="_hplink">Engadget</a> writes, "Of course...it doesn't actually peer through your body to reveal your skeleton (yet), but instead maps a random skeleton from a CT scan onto your frame to create a real-time freakout."
Kinect Home Automated Lighting System
The room lights up if human presence is detected and dims down if there is no one present. With the HTML5 though, the Kinect Automated Home Lighting software can be used and viewed in the web browser. This is our Top 1 choice at http://www.kinecthacks.com/top-10-best-kinect-hacks/