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Microsoft patent application details Illumiroom-like projection system

Joseph Volpe, @jrvolpe
August 8, 2013
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Normally, patent applications have us guesstimating at future implementations, but not so with this particular Microsoft filing. The USPTO doc, which surfaced just today and dates back to February 2012, has a very direct purpose: it uses two cameras to capture an environment, process the images and then spit 'em back out as a "integrated interactive space," or projection. Sound familiar? We thought so. It's called Illumiroom and it works with Kinect. Outside of a few gaming-centric demos earlier this year, Microsoft hasn't really detailed too much about the in-development tech, nor its destiny outside those research labs. But if this patent app is related, it bodes well for fans of full-body gesture control and immersive AR environments. Because as we all know, a life less real is a life worth living. Right?

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