At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced the development of a 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector prototype, featuring a furniture-like design. The modular unit is comprised of 5 components – the projector, two speakers and two cabinets. When placed near a wall, the unit can produce a picture up to 147″. When the projector is not in use, the projection cabinet folds flat and becomes an entertainment console.
The projector employs a laser light source and Sony’s SXRD panels to produce a 2,000 lumen 4K image. The projector is 3D capable and comes standard with a host of input/output options including multiple HDMI, LAN, IR and USB connections.
The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector will be available in the U.S. by summer of 2014 for approximately $30,000 to $40,000.
PMA Research recently conducted an end-user survey where results showed interest in home theater projectors is on the rise. Solid-state light sources and ultra-short throw capabilities were ranked as very important by more than 25% of respondents.