The latest products in Sony's aspirational Life Space UX range of home electronics have prices and release dates, at least for the company's home country of Japan. The Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector, a tiny projector that can beam an image onto a wall or any other surface from a very short distance, will be out on February 13th for around ¥93,000 ($798). Sony makes a much larger 4K projector that does the same ultra-short-throw trick, but this one will be a lot easier to integrate into the home.
The battery-powered device measures 3.19" x 5.16" x 5.16" (81mm x 131mm x 131mm), lasts two hours on a charge and can project an autofocused 1366 x 768 image of 100 lumens and between 22 and 80 inches. There's an HDMI input, but you can also access content via a wireless hub connected to your PC or TV. The projector works with Bluetooth Low Energy so you can automatically play media from a smartphone when the two devices are close.
Maybe the best feature is this neat optional stand, which makes the projector look like a piece of Muji furniture.
The Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector will be out in the US by this summer.
Sony is also launching the Glass Sound Speaker on February 13th for about ¥74,000 ($634). This is basically a shipping version of the Symphonic Light speakers we saw at CES a year ago; it's a 360-degree Bluetooth speaker encased in a glass tube with lighting at the base and around the rim. Sony isn't advertising it as a ceiling light, which was a major focus of the prior demo, but you'll be hard pressed to find a better-looking Bluetooth speaker to place around the home. Or a more expensive one, granted.
Sony says the Glass Sound Speaker will also make it to the US by summer.