First shown off as a concept at last year’s Mobile World Congress, Sony’s Android-powered projector ‘Xperia Touch’ is coming to life today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Alongside its latest smartphone lineup, the Japanese giant is also debuting this real-life interactive projector which is capable of turning any surface into a touchscreen (woah! I hope you had the same reaction reading this).
The Xperia Touch is a wonderful innovation that will enable you to convert your walls or desks into touchscreens — responsive to your physical touch. The concept sounds particularly crazy, I know, but it’s plausible and will be useful for consumers in multiple situations. This device can not only enable families to enjoy games, movies or any other content but will provide others with the means to convert any surface into an Android-powered device — useful for work.
The projector provides you with a 23-inch HD touchscreen with 1366 x 768 screen resolution — via either horizontal or vertical ultra-throw projection. The same is made possible using Sony’s SXRD projection display technology, coupled with infrared and real-time detection through the inbuilt camera. It provides the output at 60 frames per second, supporting 10-point touch sensitivity.
In addition, since Xperia Touch runs the latest flavor of Android, it provides you with real-time weather information, a memo board, clock and a handful of apps on the screen. It’ll listen to your voice commands and surface results using Google Assistant – now possible with its availability across devices running Marshmallow and above. It even recognizes hand gestures, which help wake up the screen and the 13MP camera is enough for Skype calls and selfies.
Talking about the device, Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications said,
Xperia Touch is a revolutionary interface. A year on from unveiling our new brand direction and vision for the future of communications, not only are we announcing Xperia XZ Premium, equipped with the most advanced technologies to enhance the essential features on smartphones, we’re creating whole new interactive communication experiences with our Xperia Smart Products.
But, to purchase and install one in your living room desk, you’d have to shell out a lot of bucks. Sony is making Xperia Touch available to consumers only in Europe for a whopping €1,499 this Spring. There is currently no word on the global availability of this projector device. But, even if were, would you buy one? Comment your thoughts down below.