Microsoft has shown a glimpse of what the future may hold for its Xbox gaming platform, demoing IllumiRoom.

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept project from Microsoft Research, which was first revealed in a Microsoft patent discovered in September last year.

The tech makes use of Kinect and a projector to augment the room in which you are playing a game, with impressive results.

Microsoft says: "IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept Microsoft Research project designed to push the boundary of living room immersive entertainment by blending our virtual and physical worlds with projected visualizations."

The proof of concept "uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences."

The video below shows the technology in action, with all effects rendered in real time and captured live - not added in post processing.

Look out for more on IllumiRoom at the CHI 2013 conference in Paris on April 27.

The apparent motion effects appear most impressive, which certainly could add an extra layer of immersion to gaming experiences.


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