At CES in January, Sony turned up with an experimental home projector without a name. It's a short-throw projector that runs Android and uses IR sensors combined with a 60fps camera to allow the projected image to double as a 10-point multi-touch touch screen. Three months on, and that prototype is now a real product called the Xperia Touch.
PCMag got some hands-on time with the Xperia Touch during CES, the video of which can be watched below.
Sony is positioning the Xperia Touch as a media hub for the whole family. It can project a 23-inch 720p touch screen horizontally or vertically using its ultrashort-throw projector and uses a custom interface running on top of Android. Google Play is available, as is access to PlayStation 4 games via Remote Play and Skype video chats. For those last two, you'll be glad to hear the Xperia Touch also includes an 80-inch projection mode.
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The integration of a touch screen is certainly novel, and the size of the Xperia Touch makes it relatively easy to transport around the home. So one minute it can be an interactive recipe book projecting on to a kitchen surface, while the next it can be an 80-inch TV or a way to browse the web on a display larger than any tablet provides.
While all this sounds great, what isn't so great is the price. Sony expects the Xperia Touch to go on sale before the end of May across Europe for 1,499 Euros. That's just under $1,600. It may end up being cheaper when it launches in the US, but even so, this is going to remain a niche product until the price falls considerably.