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Christopher Nolan and New Gaming Tech

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Fresh off of finishing the Dark Knight Trilogy, director Christopher Nolan may have already lined up his next project.

Nolan is reportedly in talks to direct the sci-fi film Interstellar. The script was written by his brother Jonathan Nolan and based on the theories of theoretical, gravitational and astrophysicist Kip Thorne.

Prior to Nolan, director Steven Spielberg was once attached to the project, but it seems that the Inception filmmaker has taken over.

Christopher Nolan

The story centers around a group of scientists who travel through a worm hole. The script comes complete with alternate dimensions and time travel. Reportedly, Thorne’s book “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” would be a good place to start if you want to learn about the film’s theories and themes.

Considering that the project was once in Speilberg’s lap, there are some interesting rights issues with the film. Apparently it will be co-produced by both Paramount and Warner Brothers. There’s also no word if Spielberg, who came up with the idea before Jonathan Nolan wrote it, will have any involvement with its creation.

Either way, it’s frakking exciting that both Nolan’s have another sci-fi film coming our way.

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Speaking on futuristic tech, Microsoft unveiled IllumiRoom during Samsung’s CES keynote today. The new tech turns the entire room around your television into an extension of the screen using Kinect and a projector.

As explained on Microsoft’s official site:

“[IllumiRoom] is used to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience” and “can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.”

Kinect captures the geometry of a room and adapts the projected visuals in real time, without the need to pre-process the graphics. The video demo showed off different applications of the tech, and Microsoft made sure to note that the footage was captured live and is not the result of any special effects or post work.

Microsoft patented an immersive display experience just this last year, and it appears that IllumiRoom is the realization of that patent. It is aimed at making gaming more realistic, and to immerse the player into the game with out the out of context visuals that sit near your television.

It is unknown whether or not IllumiRoom will tie in with the next Microsoft gaming console or if the next generation of Kinect will be involved.

Microsoft claims that more details on the tech will be revealed at the ACM SIGCHI Conference in Paris.