Sony’s Wild Projector Makes Anything a Touchscreen

Projectors aren’t just for stuffy boardrooms or expensive home theater setups anymore. Sony’s new Xperia Touch (available for movie screenings in a home near you starting summer 2017) can turn any flat surface into an interactive touchscreen.

The concept is similar to what I saw atand one that Sony first talked up at last year’s. But instead of a strategically-mounted projector lamp, Sony packages the whole caboodle into a box that’s about the size of a large coffee tin.

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Speaking of Google, when the Xperia Touch ships, it will run(version 7.0.1). That means you’ll have access to all your favorite Android apps on the big screen without having to Google Cast or mirror it somewhere.

During my demo, I watched as the Sony rep played on a set of piano keys projected onto the table in front of him. The resulting key presses were responsive and accurate, delivering the pleasant plink that you’d expect from an actual instrument.

The device can also project a 80-inch, 1280 x 720 image for your own private movie theater. And while watching movies is fun, you can also project yourviafeature

That means when you inevitably lose control of the main screen to a spouse or visiting family member, you can continue playing your game on an even bigger screen. And as a gamer with a lot different eyes vying for the TV, that’s worth the price of admission in and of itself.