Microsoft unveil "RoomAlive", creates augmented reality in your home


The company introduces a new prototype making use of the Kinect to project game environments into any room.

Researchers at Microsoft have brought out a new video revealing RoomAlive, a set up using scalable projector-camera units that can be used to turn real world rooms into an interactive augmented reality gaming experience.

“RoomAlive is a proof-of-concept prototype that transforms any room into an immersive, augmented entertainment experience,” states the RoomAlive abstract. “Our system enables new interactive projection mapping experiences that dynamically adapts content to any room. Users can touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer projected content that seamlessly co-exists with their existing physical environment.”

This new prototype from Microsoft follows on from the firm’s “Illumiroom” project which was initially revealed last year. Unlike Illumiroom - which effectively extends activity on a TV screen into the front room, RoomAlive bypasses the need for a screen altogether by turning the room itself into a gaming environment.

As shown in the video below RoomAlive uses ‘Pro-Cams consisting of a projecter and a Kinect sensor to create a 3D map of your room automatically to then project games onto the surfaces it measures.

Examples of games shown with the prototype include a shooting game using a gun peripheral and a mini game that has you avoiding traps.

While the system itself isn’t looking particularly user friendly and may well come at some expense, the prototype footage is showing an intriguing new way to experience games in the home.


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