Ces 2016 : Ricoh, Sony Exhibit Ultra - Small Short - Focus Projectors

CES 2016 : Ricoh, Sony Exhibit Ultra-small Short-focus ProjectorsRicoh Co Ltd and Sony Corp developed ultra-small short-focus projectors and exhibited them at 2016 International CES.
Though there have already been ultra-small projector products in the market, short-focus models are very rare.

Ricoh developed two kinds of projectors. The smaller one measures 124 x 74 x 31mm and weighs less than 200g. It can project an image whose size is equivalent to a 14-inch screen from a distance of 0.38 feet. Its pixel count and brightness are 854 x 480 and 85-100lm, respectively.

The dimensions and weight of the other (larger) one are 164 x 122 x 59mm and less than 500g, respectively. It can project a 20-inch image from a distance of 0.38 feet. It has a pixel count of 1,280 x 720 and a brightness of 160-200lm.

Both of the projectors use Texas Instruments Inc's "DMD" display device. The smaller and larger projectors are equipped with 0.2- and 0.3-inch models of the DMD, respectively. As a light source, they use LEDs.

Ricoh has not yet decided the price or release date of the projectors.

Sony exhibited an ultra-small short-focus projector whose height and length are both about 10cm. It can project a 22-80-inch image. When the projector is placed adjacent to a wall, the size of the image projected on the wall is 22 inches. When it is about 30cm away from a wall, the size of the projected image is 80 inches. The projector comes with a built-in speaker.

Sony expects that video stored in a smartphone will be transmitted to the projector via wireless LAN. Also, a wireless LAN adapter will be attached to an HDMI port of an optical disc player to project video being played by the player, the company said.

Though Sony did not disclose the details of the display device employed for the projector, it said that the resolution of the projector will be WXGA. The projector uses LEDs as a light source.

Sony considers the projector as a new product in the "Life Space UX" series, which is aimed at creating entertainment by using a space. It is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2016 in Japan and in the first half of fiscal 2016 in the US. The company has not yet set a price for it.