This video, via The Verge, demos Sony’s Xperia Projector – a prototype of a new Android tablet that essentially replaces the tablet’s touchscreen with a projector and multi-touch sensing system.
This is a preview of what’s coming, but it’s already easy to imagine this as the hub of a portable virtual studio. Combined an app like Korg Gadget (currently iOS-only), you could have a virtual studio, with a large workspace, that was also very portable.
The ‘Minority Report’ style studio faces many challenges, though. The Android platform has a long history of multiple types of latency issues, which – along with platform fragmentation – has led to iOS being the de facto platform for mobile music making.
- The resolution of the prototype, 720p, is also a fraction of what’s available on current tablets
- Dim projection means its only suitable for dark work areas
- The Xperia’s wireless multi-touch sensing is likely to add to Android’s latency issues
- Only makes sense if you happen to have a large, uncluttered workspace with a white tabletop
- Unless this technology would move beyond being a niche solution, music app developers are unlikely to tailor their applications to work with this.
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