IllumiRoom: Immersive Experiences Beyond the TV Screen

IllumiRoom: Immersive Experiences Beyond the TV Screen

The television is the focal point of living room entertainment, and while our TVs have gotten bigger and brighter over the years, our content is still trapped inside a little box in our living room. We introduce IllumiRoom a proof-of-concept system that augments the area surrounding a television with projected visualizations to enhance traditional viewing experiences. IllumiRoom can directly extend the viewing experience, turning a 40 inch television into a 15 foot television. IllumiRoom can enable augmented reality experiences where virtual objects interact with the physical environment (e.g. furniture). Finally, IllumiRoom can augment and distort the physical environment (e.g making a living room look like a cartoon).

IllumiRoom uses a projector and a Kinect depth sensor to blur the lines between on-screen content and the surrounding physical environment. It is entirely self-calibrating and is designed to work in almost any room. IllumiRoom can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new gaming experiences.

In our research paper, we present a detailed exploration of the design space of peripheral projected illusions and we demonstrate ways to trigger and drive such illusions from gaming content. We also contribute specific feedback from two groups of target users (10 gamers and 15 game designers); providing insights for enhancing viewing experiences through peripheral projected illusions.

CHI 2013 Best Paper Award

CHI 2013 Golden Mouse Award (Best Video Award)

SIGGRAPH 2014 Best Demo Award

Paper: Download the paper

Reference: Jones, B., Benko, H., Ofek, E. and Wilson, A. D. 2013. IllumiRoom: Peripheral Projected Illusions for Interactive Experiences. In Proceedings of the 31st Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Paris, France, April 27 – May 2, 2013). CHI ’13. ACM, New York, NY.

Presentation: Download the PowerPoint

Professional news outlets – contact me for the high res images + video.

I design and prototype new technologies to create magical interactive experiences. I graduated from UIUC. I've worked for Walt Disney Imagineering, Microsoft Research and EA. I've co-created things like IllumiRoom and RoomAlive. I also co-run the #1 website on projection mapping.


  1. eichhammer 5 years ago

    Dear Brett Jones,

    I am a journalist in germany writing about “How will we play games in 25 years?” for Computec Media for a special issue of “Games Aktuell”. May I use the pictures of Illumiroom that I find on your website here? Of course while mentioning you as owner of the pictures and creator of the Illumi Room. If so, maybe you could also send me the highres link for download before thursday? my deadline is THIS friday.
    thank you in advance,



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