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.
Canon India Pvt. Ltd., unveiled the highly anticipated EOS 6D Mark II, featuring a 26.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS 6D Mark II possesses a continuous shooting speed of up to 6.5 fps. In Live View mode, it provides a continuous shooting speed up to 4 fps. The sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-40000 (expandable range 50- 102,400). It also provides a 5-axis image stabilization to support handheld shots. It features a 3.0-inch touchscreen vari-angle LCD monitor, the first in the Canon EOS series, and is equipped with a full-frame sensor. It supports 4K timelapse movie recording, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The EOS 6D Mark II features Bluetooth low energy technology and is equipped with a GPS receiver. The EOS 6D Mark II will be available at the following prices: EOS 6D Mark II Body: INR 132,995 EOS 6D Mark II (w ith EF 2 4 70m m f/4L IS USM): INR 184,995 EOS 6D Mark II (w ith EF 24 105m m f/4L IS II USM): INR 202,995
ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 recently launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 copassenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This event marked thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was CE-SAT 1, a fifty-kilogram (110 lb) microsatellite built by Canon Electronics, Japan. Canon will use the spacecraft to demonstrate a high-resolution imaging system in orbit, with a ground resolution of up to one meter (3 feet). About 60% of components of the satellite are manufactured by Canon, and the company targets a 100% inhouse production in the near future. The company also plans to sell the satellites, related components and the image data collected by the CE-SAT 1. The small-size satellites are expected to be sold for 1 million yen (approximately).