Tech Talk: Microsoft Illumiroom & Iron Man 3 App

Microsoft Illumiroom – looks great but still out of reach & iRon Man 3’s new iApp!

While HD, 3D and 4K are all media medium, it’s Microsoft’s Illumiroom that has me thinking that the immersive holo-deck of the future could be just around the corner. A future iteration of the Xbox and Kinect 2.0 could bring with them a whole new way to enjoy entertainment at home. When we reported on the Xbox Illumiroom earlier this year (Tech Talk 16) few details were available. Now a five-minute demo video has been released – revealing details like an extended field of view, augmented reality that enhances elements of your living room, scenery-specific backgrounds, weapons-only extension for bullets flying past, and even collectible item highlighting with glowing boxes appearing in the corner of your eye.

But while it’s still a spectacular technology display, don’t expect any Xbox announcements in the near future. In fact, Microsoft Research’s Hrvoje Benko and Brett Jones stated during an interview that while they have Illumiroom technology working well at this point, they’re not likely to even demo it to the public until July at Siggraph. (sigh)

If you haven’t already seen it Gamesloft & Marvel have unleashed an Iron Man 3 gaming App on iTunes. Iron Man 3 – The Official Game. The blurb reads as follows:

Become billionaire Tony Stark as Iron Man in this fast-paced, endless runner; the official game of the upcoming movie!
After the events of Iron Man 3, Tony has become a peacekeeper, but new threats emerge regularly all around the globe — and Iron Man is the only one who can take care of them. Get ready for this addictive, endless 3D runner!

– Fight around the world against rising A.I.M. forces
– Discover 3 different locations offering endless, self-generating levels: Malibu Shores, New York City, and China
– Confront 4 epic villains from the Iron Man comics: Crimson Dynamo, Ezekiel Stane, Living Laser, and the mighty M.O.D.O.K.

– Complete various missions in fast-paced flying battles, and in epic one-on-one confrontations
– Unleash Iron Man’s power with amazingly responsive swipe controls
– Enjoy an outstanding 3D world with cutting-edge graphics and animations

– Research and develop up to 18 suits from the different movies (Mark II, Mark 42, Silver Centurion, etc.)
– Upgrade your armors and powers in the research lab to wipe out your enemies

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In the words of a 9 &  an 11 year old – “It’s free & brilliant – ’nuff said”

Source: JoystiqiTunes 
Reporter: SilverFox67

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