The Game That Won’t Let You Look Away

5 05 2011

Games continually move to new levels of immersiveness. The goal of the designers and programmers is to put you into the world of the game as convincingly as possible. But you could always look away from the screen. Until now.

A group of three students at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a system that pairs a web cam with a moving pico projector and brings the result to a curved screen that puts the image wherever you look, with changing perspective. The camera follows the movement of the player’s head and the projector tilts and pans to place it where they are looking.

It’s just a prototype right now, but with refinement, it suggests an interesting future for a new level of interactivity in games.