Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom—which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a room—from the floor to the couch cushions to your own skin—into a glowing screen that reacts to your movement. It’s as if your whole analog world has been digitized. And that digital world can see where you’re looking, pointing, and touching, and adapt itself accordingly.
Video games are the most obvious use cases, but beyond that application, the research team is exploring RoomAlive’s potential for the business world, like advanced telepresence and augmenting conference room meetings with digital information.Mark Wilson
Amazing concept, far better than virtual reality helmets like Oculus Rift or Google’s awkward home-made Cardboard. Now, let’s see if New Microsoft can transform this into a successful product. I distinctly recall a similar concept touch-screen-table called Surface years ago (not to be confused with the Surface tablet) that hasn’t taken off – in fact, you could say Apple delivered a much better implementation of touch screens in a compact format, the iPhone.