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#16 AR556

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:30

Way too distracting for me.


Best damn gaming innovation to come along since the rumble pak as far as I'm concerned.


#17 Yusuf M.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:31

I think it's only cool if you're experiencing this alone. I can imagine how irritated I'd be as a spectator in the darkness, with lights moving all over the place.

As DirtyLarry said, I'd rather wear virtual reality goggles so I can have an isolated experience. Just imagine how crazy your cat would be with fast-moving lights.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:38

Just imagine how crazy your cat would be with fast-moving lights.

Best reason for this to become real!

Though this does have me intrigued...might need to buy a projector and learn to code for kinect

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:22

Cool idea. Horrible name. ( I get it is probably a place-holder/codename)

#20 HawkMan

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:34

But if you pause the video at 0:33 you can see the boundary on the projection, which still leads me to think what the scanning is for as it's only projecting into one area (which is what a projector does anyway). The only object which would need scanning from what I can see is the TV. :s

Maybe it would become clear to me once I've seen how it works.

Edit: then I get the idea of projector bulbs, with all this, why not just go out and buy a projector? Thus eliminating the TV and playing on your wall in the first place :wacko:


No, the projected image needs to know the geometry of the room it's scanning, remember it's not projecting on a flat surface. there's a bookcase there's tv furniture and potential other furniture, in order for the projection to be properly projected on these without stretching, it needs to be deformed according to the shape of the furniture.

Also the system works with 4 projectors for full room immersion.

I like it. Its subtle enough to really add to the gaming experience. Only problem is that it can only work in a dark room.


It'll work in a lit room as well. projectors today are perfectly capable of working in a lit room, especially in this context as they only project brighter stuff, and it' not supposed to project an image you focus on, just surrounding "ambience" effects.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:21

It'll work in a lit room as well. projectors today are perfectly capable of working in a lit room, especially in this context as they only project brighter stuff, and it' not supposed to project an image you focus on, just surrounding "ambience" effects.

I should amend this to "well". For example, in my parents house there are windows in every major room which you cannot cover. No projector is going to overpower the sun.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:38

but it doesn't need to. the idea here isn't to project nice bright clear images, that's what the TV is for, if you're capable of seeing the TV, then this will work. if the room is to bright to sse the TV, then you can't play anyway.

Besides this is generally aimed at people who don't live at home and have their own living room anyway, I don't think your parent would let you mount a projector in the living room in any case. this is not for the casual gamer.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 18:38

but it doesn't need to. the idea here isn't to project nice bright clear images, that's what the TV is for, if you're capable of seeing the TV, then this will work. if the room is to bright to sse the TV, then you can't play anyway.

Besides this is generally aimed at people who don't live at home and have their own living room anyway, I don't think your parent would let you mount a projector in the living room in any case. this is not for the casual gamer.

@bold - Not sure what you mean by that. Especially since that has nothing to do with my example, and the fact I do not live at my parents house makes it a moot point anyways.

My point is that projectors are nice and all but there are some conditions where they will be sub-optimal. Even if it isn't supposed to project a clear image that demonstration was in a dimly lit room bordering on dark. I doubt its designed to be used in a fully lit environment (at least at present). That being said I'm really just nitpicking.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 18:53

This would be quite interesting combined with a good pair of shutter glasses.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 19:05

why not just get a large projector and give up on the televison all together.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 19:28

@bold - Not sure what you mean by that. Especially since that has nothing to do with my example, and the fact I do not live at my parents house makes it a moot point anyways.

My point is that projectors are nice and all but there are some conditions where they will be sub-optimal. Even if it isn't supposed to project a clear image that demonstration was in a dimly lit room bordering on dark. I doubt its designed to be used in a fully lit environment (at least at present). That being said I'm really just nitpicking.


It's designed to be used in any environment that your projector of choice is capable of working in. and as I said. most projectors today are fully capable of showing a decent picture in day time with shade filtered sunlight. not as good as in a dark room of course, but, more than good enough for this.

why not just get a large projector and give up on the televison all together.


BEcause the television is a good focal point, and has a contrast and light capacity far above that of the projectors, at least without a full size high quality screen to project on. so you use the TV as the actual focus screen, and the projector to create the ambient environment around you. be that on one wall, 3 walls or even 4.