Microsoft Research's IllumiRoom concept morphs into SurroundWeb

In January 2013, Microsoft Research first showed off IllumiRoom at CES. The concept was for a future game console to project images from a game outside the television in order to give users a more immersive experience. Now Microsoft has used the basic concept of projecting content to other parts of a room in a new project called SurroundWeb.

The Microsoft Research website has posted a new video today showing off SurroundWeb. It uses a combination of depth cameras, tablets and projectors in a room which not only displays web-based content on walls and tables, but allow the user to interact with that information. For example, if a person takes a soda can and places it on a table in that room, a projected notification will pop up on the table showing how many calories the soda has.

In another example, a gamer could be playing Forza Motorsport 5 on his Xbox One and see stats from real pro racers projected on top of the television. A chat screen could be placed on the right side of the TV, while images of what's currently playing on other television channels could be shown on the left.

The SurroundWeb concept could also be used in other rooms of the house, like the kitchen, to display a recipe so that a person can quickly look at what they need to do next. Microsoft claims that none of the information projected in rooms is actually sent back to the website itself, making this concept very secure to use.

As with many Microsoft Research projects, it will likely be years before we see something like SurroundWeb released commercially. However, there are many practical applications for this kind of experience -- and hopefully Microsoft will continue with their research into new areas of web-based content and interaction.

Source: Microsoft Research via McAkins Online

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Data doesn't have to be sent to a website to be tracked. Delivery of the data to user is sufficient. That's how the 1x1 pixel images work for user tracking. Data generated by a server can be monitored and tracked by the server.

But this is cool nonetheless.

Cool idea and with the prices of these technologies coming down makes sense. Still hope they do something with illumniRoom though.

Amazing. Way Microsoft is going they're going to be the company to watch out for in the next 10yrs. Apple dominates the mobile market for now but with these ideas and the new "risk-taking" Microsoft maybe execution will be great for once and they can take a hold of the IT industry again.

suprNOVA said,
Amazing. Way Microsoft is going they're going to be the company to watch out for in the next 10yrs. Apple dominates the mobile market for now but with these ideas and the new "risk-taking" Microsoft maybe execution will be great for once and they can take a hold of the IT industry again.

MS are doing lots of good stuff, they look decades into the future not what makes the most profit or useful in the next 2 years. People who say MS are evil etc wouldnt have the tech with out them today

psionicinversion said,

MS are doing lots of good stuff, they look decades into the future not what makes the most profit or useful in the next 2 years. People who say MS are evil etc wouldnt have the tech with out them today


Thank you. This ^^^.

Microsoft looks at risk and rewards of things on a long term basis. Not a 1-2yr basis. Maybe that's why they aren't at risk of a "HeartBleed" (yep, bad pun intended)

Yes, but MS needs to be very careful with their Xbox One as they just lost the NPD's from March with Titanfall. They need to drastically rethink how they market it and these kinds of things could help it a lot.

Thief000 said,
Yes, but MS needs to be very careful with their Xbox One as they just lost the NPD's from March with Titanfall. They need to drastically rethink how they market it and these kinds of things could help it a lot.

Not really MS has the cash to burn personally mattrick screwing up this gen was prolly the best thing for Xbox cus next gen with phil spencer theyll have the OS, the API's the apps the TV support etc and spencer will put the focus back into gaming so now it can have best of both worlds, high performance gaming AND the entertainment side developed from X1 added into it. If kinect isnt that useful then can leave it unbundled next xbox so it will prolly be more of a complete package than PS5

yes, but what MS develope is not always buyable. Many great ideas from MS end up in a drawer. Months or years later another company have a similiar idea and make the money.

And think of what impact this will have on consumers in the future too. Companies can immerse you in their services and experiences.

Not to sound negative, though, but think of the ads that would be all over your walls!