IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience.
Although it makes for an obvious entertainment experience I can't help but imagine how much of an impact this research could effect the educational experience. Not surprisingly this reminds me of a recent Intel video envisioning a not too distant future for classroom engagement.
A few months ago I was surprised to discover that Walt Disney had unrealized plans for his beloved Disney World. He passed away during the development of the Disney World project but what fascinated me was his original vision for the park. Today we think of Disney World as the "World of Disneyland" but Walt's original plan was really an American Technological Utopia. Near the end of his life, Disney turned his attentions to the plight of America’s cities. “I don’t believe there’s a challenge anywhere in the world that’s more important to people everywhere than finding solutions to the problems of our cities. But where do we begin?”
I can't help but wonder that if Walt lived another decade how much of an impact he would have made to the 21st Century.
The Pixar Story is a great documentary about the most loved animation studios on the planet. See how this amazing group of computer scientists and story tellers dreamed a big dream nearly two decades ago.