Like other portable projectors, you can use the Sony Xperia Touch to beam images up walls, tables, and other flat surfaces. Unlike them, you can interact with any images it projects, since the whole thing becomes a functional touchscreen display, too.
That’s right, instead of beaming images that you can watch like TV, the projected visuals essentially become a giant tablet that you can use to play games, interact with apps, and more. Whether you want to browse through a recipe app on the counter surface next to the stove, scroll through an Excel spreadsheet right behind the monitor, or play favorite game on the coffee table, this thing will do the trick.
The Sony Xperia Touch is a short-throw projector that can beam 100-lumen images up to 80 inches diagonal at 1366 x 768 resolution. Granted, that doesn’t exactly make for dazzling TV in the age of 4K, but as an oversized tablet for use at home or at work, that level of sharpness should be enough. Using an infrared light array and a 60fps camera, it facilitates 10-point touch sensitivity, so you can perform advanced gestures just like in traditional mobile devices.
Features include stereo speakers, proximity sensing (so it can turn when you approach), a perforated metal finish, 32GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Miracast, Bluetooth, NFC, a USB Type-C port, and an HDMI slot. It comes with a battery rated at just an hour of use, so this is likely for strict use at home or in the office.
No pricing yet, but the Sony Xperia Touch will come out later in the year.