IDC Japan recently announced that in the first quarter, the sales of augmented reality and virtual reality headsets have increased by 70%. VR headset shipment rose 70% to 2.242 million units while AR devices gained 77% to 38,000 units. The market share of the companies are as follows: Samsung Electronics captured 22%, followed by Sony 19%, HTC from Taiwan 9%. While in the AR devices - Microsoft took 28%, Epson 19% and Intel 16%. In the Japanese market, Epson took 75% of total AR headset shipments and Sony 84% of VR devices' total units. IDC Japan forecasts that the sale of AR & VR headset in 2021 will grow 10x as compared to that in 2016, mainly due to rapid growth of VR terminals with reduced retail prices, focussed on consumer use. The company estimates that VR terminals will take up 73% of the VR and AR combined market. On the other hand, the IDC predicts that the AR sets will be used mainly by business sectors, such as the healthcare, manufacture and product design segments. The business-use AR devices took 68% of all AR shipments in 2016, which will be 83.3% in 2021. In the Japanese market, the combined shipments will be 1.05 million units in 2021 to grow nearly 9 times from about 120,000 units in 2016.
India’s first online digital platform ‘Pixlent.com’ was launched on the occasion of World Photography Day in Pune by landscape & fine art photography expert, Lalit Deshmukh at Sumant Moolgaokar Auditorium. Pixlent.com is conceptualised and designed by Dr. Yashodhan Joshi. In the inaugural speech he said, “The main motive behind this concept is to develop the skills behind the lens and to bring aspiring photographers and passionate photography experts together for the sole purpose of professional photo reviews and critiquing”. The first segment of the launching event had a group discussion amongst Pixlent experts who are also some of the best names in photography. It was moderated by Prashant Desai. The topics for the discussion were: What goes into taking a good shot and how to give your photo the extra edge. The experts also shared their stories and talked on the journey of Film Photography to Digital Photography. The second segment of the program contained Live Photo Critiquing On Pixlent.com by Lalit Deshmukh and fashion and glamour photographer Sameer Belvalkar. Experts also answered the questions asked by the audience. The program ended with the vote of thanks given by Sameer Belvalkar. The show was hosted by Tejashri Dharane.
Shari Academy launched LuXoculus 2017, to celebrate their Silver Jubilee, with its graduates of the Mastercraftsman Diploma course. The event was held at their brand new colaba premises. The LuXoculus 2017 was inaugurated by Kenichiro Hibi (Managing Director, Sony India Pvt. Ltd.), Hiroyuki Tokuno (Deputy General Manager, Sony India Pvt. Ltd.), Jayesh Mehta (President of AIPTIA), Chandrakant Shah (Hon. Secretary), Mukul Kashyap (Regional Sales Director Indian Subcontinent, Manfrotto), Kakubhai Kothari, Jai Shankar Sharma, Shari Senior faculty members and senior industry members. To add to the celebrations, Sony India announced 4 scholarships worth INR 7 lakhs to the top award winning students. Along with that companies like Zeiss, Manfrotto, Photoquip, Kingston and AIPTIA sponsored a combined reward for all the award winning students of over 14 lakhs (in cash and kind). On the occasion of its Silver Jubilee, Shari Academy formally announced the launch of a new course - Diploma in Digital Video Production, starting on from 14th September 2017.