Why haven't Microsoft come up with a slightly inferior alternative to YouTube that wins out due to it's integration with the dominant desktop OS?
Youtube Video Microsoft has expanded its IllumiRoom research project into RoomAlive – a demo that combines Xbox Kinect and projectors to turn any room into an interactive augmented reality "space". The RoomAlive demo is at the proof-of-concept phase, being a fairly low-budget-looking holodeck with games where you can whack at …
"Because that technique isn't even working with Bing."
Actually it is to a degree - Bing currently has about 19% of the US search market. Not quite up there with Google, but not to be sneezed at from nothing a few years ago.
Bing is actually pretty good these days - DuckDuckGo is mostly Bing powered for instance!
I was doing this 30 years ago with pre-existing technology.. It was total immersion, with fantastic characters and unusual, read weird, story lines. The sounds were amazing and it was a full body experience. I could extremely portable and it didn't cost a fortune.
What was this fantastic technology known as you ask : Lysergics I would respond.
A headset would also be better able to deal with surfaces that do not show projected images very well. My first impression of this was that it looked really cool. Then I realized that my living room does not have much in the way of plain white surfaces. The rug has a dark, complex pattern. The media center, desk and book shelves are stained wood. The sofa has a green plush upholstery. I think that it would be difficult to use this sort of setup in a environment similar to what I have.
Also, having players use headsets would allow different players to see different things, which could be used to add depth to games.
"it's also far too expensive and massive for any actual living room to accommodate."
The games arcade of the future maybe? Even if it would be too expensive for most people's homes there would appear to be a business opportunity here. Your high-street holo-deck emporium perhaps?
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