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.
Shutterfly is known as one of the world’s largest online retailer and manufacturer, providing image publishing services. HP Inc. recently announced that it has signed a five-year deal with Shutterfly, who has named HP as its preferred digital press provider. Last year, around the same time, Shutterfly had acquired a first phase of 25 HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses, making its combined order the largest deal by far for HP Indigo. This five-year deal marks the biggest ever competitive win for HP Indigo, with Shutterfly’s decision to make HP its preferred digital press provider and replace presses from an existing vendor. Shutterfly has announced that it will use its new fleet of digital presses to produce a range of high-quality, personalized products and gifts including photo books, calendars, custom stationery, cards and keepsakes. The 29-inch format HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press will enable the production of these products through offset matching digital colour with true photo quality, high productivity, and wide versatility on an unmatched range of media including synthetic, metalized and canvas applications. Sharing his thoughts on the coveted deal, President of Imaging & Printing Business, HP Inc - Enrique Lores said, “We are seeing an incredible renaissance in digital printing. People click on what they like, but print what they love. The power of HP’s digital print technologies opens new markets, applications and possibilities for our top customers like Shutterfly”.
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.