Microsoft shows Room Alive concept for augmented game spaces




Microsoft has released a video of Room Alive: a proof-of-concept rooms to turn into augmented entertainment spaces. The system works on the basis of Kinect and projectors and makes playing interactive games projected in rooms possible.

In early 2013 Microsoft Illumiroom showed that the company’s “extended” images of Xbox games on the wall behind the TV through a projector. The software company has the technology extensively in Room Alive. The system works with projector-camera depth units, which consist of Kinect, a projector and a small computer system. The units can make a model of the room without any further user input is required, and a network of units is scalable. Furniture and other items in a room are mapped and the user is located. The system adapts to games based on the position of furniture and the game reacts to the actions of the user.

Microsoft is experimenting with different possibilities for gaming the system offers. For example, the company shows the appearance of a holodeck and a river with raindrops in a room. There is also a whac-a-mole variant in which users moles that appear here and there in the room must be ejected or stages. As with Illumiroom seem to be no plans to bring down the system. Actually


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