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Microsoft Research's RoomAlive is IllumiRoom evolved

Your living room is the game.

Remember IllumiRoom, Microsoft's Kinect plus projector tech it said probably won't release in consumer form on Xbox One?

Microsoft Research has refined the prototype and come up with RoomAlive, which it says transforms any room into an augmented experience.

RoomAlive uses projector-depth camera units to create augmented reality games displayed over your walls, furniture and floor. You can touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer content.

In the video, below, we see a few prototype games. Whack-A-Mole sees characters pop up for players to shoot or stomp on. In Robot Attack you control a soldier who shoots robots. Traps is a sort of puzzle game you play on your wall.

RoomAlive is just a prototype at this stage, and there's no suggestion it will be released in consumer form for Xbox One any time soon. But it does offer a glimpse at a possible future for gaming as imagined by Microsoft Research.

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