Sony has for long being teasing its Xperia projector concept at various events and finally at the MWC 2017 event Sony has unveiled the device, Xperia Touch. Xperia Touch is a projector which is an Android tablet but nothing like any you have till now. The Xperia Touch is Sony’s take on a new kind of all-in-one device, with the Xperia Touch being a speaker, projector, and Android tablet.
The new Xperia Touch projector throws laser projection onto a surface which it turns into an Android tablet with the help of the Infrared sensor. The device is a rectangular metal box with all the internals of a smartphone in addition to a LCoS laser projector with auto focus. To create the touch capabilities of the device there is an IR array and a 60fps camera.
With the touch capabilities, users will be able to interact with the 23” projection, the Xperia Touch projection supports 10-point multitouch. Users can play games, draw or write on the surface with their fingers. Playing a multiplayer air hockey game is not possible on traditional 10” tablets but with the bigger touch projection of 23” it can be done easily, with such capability the device opens up many scenarios where this could be beneficial.
The device can be used to project an 80” TV on your wall with 1366 x 768p resolution, not the best in today’s time but it’s there. To use this just rotate the device and put it near a wall on which you want your TV projection. If you block the IR arrays the touch will not work, the field of view for IR has to always be clear to touch to work. Sony is working to brings gestures controls into Xperia Touch as that touching a screen on opposite wall does not make any sense. The 60fps camera will be used to track hand movements which will be converted to touch controls.
Another trick which Sony has put in the Xperia Touch is that the device comes with a proximity sensor which will turn on the device as soon someone is near to it. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 650 coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Sony says the device will offer up to one hour of continuous video playback so keeping the device connected to a power source would be a necessity.
The device weighs a 936 gms and measures 69 x 134 x 143 mm. Other specs include a 13MP camera for video calling, two-way stereo speakers. You can also use your other peripheral devices with the USB Type-C port and the HDMI Type-D. The device also supports NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.
The device allows you to doodle on your wall or you can watch cooking videos on your kitchen slab. With Xperia touch, you can browse the web, watch videos, download apps from Google Play Store, and even use PlayStation4’s Remote Play feature. The device is coming out sometime in spring this year in Europe at the price of €1,499 ($1,583), availability in other markets is not known as of now.
Maybe Sony has got a winner up its sleeve or maybe not who knows but I think the device is a cool one. Agreed it has some chinks and a high price but what first generation device is perfect, it takes time to create a perfect device. Hopefully, Sony will improve upon this and make this a more affordable technology bringing it to the mainstream till then we have to wait.