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.
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).
Sony launches its new camera, the a9 in the Indian market. The a9 features a 24.2 MP Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ X processor and front end LSI. The new camera offers high-speed, blackoutfree continuous shooting at up to 20fps, 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second and a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second. It features 35mm full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor which enables data speed processing at up to 20x faster than previous Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-51200, expandable to ISO 50-204800. It is equipped with a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage. The a9 offers an Ethernet port (wired LAN terminal), that allows the user to conveniently transfer files to a specified FTP server at high speeds. It is powered by Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models and support of 4K (3840x2160p) video recording. Additionally, the camera can record Full HD at 120fps at up to 100Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking. Dimensions of the new a9 are 126.9 x 95.6 x 63.0mm and it weighs about 586g (body only) The a9 is available at all Sony centres and retails outlets for INR 329,990 (body only).