IllumiRoom Projects Images Beyond Your TV
This new IllumiRoom system gives another use for the Kinect. It appears to be a step up from the ambilight system that appeared on some TVs. I am still not sure if this is a good idea or whether it will induce motion sickness.
It is definitely a step closer to the immersive world of virtual reality.
IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience.
IllumiRoom 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 gives an idea of how it will look and work.