The average size of TVs, like phones, seems bigger all the time. There are simple constraints to how massive a TV can be, though: it needs to fit inside of your cramped hovel. But, what if you turn your hovel into a screen? That’s exactly what Microsoft’s IllumiRoom does. And it’s real — Microsoft Research has built a working proof-of-concept using a Kinect and a projector, turning an entire living room in a giant Xbox screen. The system “can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.”
Turning physical environments into computing surfaces isn’t a new idea — it’s long been considered the next logical step as the inputs, data and displays multiply in our lives beyond counting. A Microsoft concept video imagines what an entire world architected that way would be like — it feels strangely limitless, like you’re being constantly swallowed by data. Or you know, aliens.
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