The connected lifestyle is a revolution infiltrating homes, but home is about the heart as well as the head, and tech companies are thinking smarter about how gadgets are placed in a living environment. Sony's projector offers incredible tech without being overt, and the same design ethos is taking place further down the line. Ikea's Home Smart range of furniture boasts smartphone wireless- charging technology without being style-unconscious.
Unlike a regular design-damaging projector, the Sony 4K USTP sits just a few inches away from a given wall, blending into its environment/
When not used, the projection bit is hidden, giving the illusion of a functional side table, though guests shouldn't rest their Martinis on it.
Optional speakers either side discreetly extend without altering the look, so your front room won't look like an AV convention.
The bigger picture
Despite its short projector-to-wall distance, the USTP can throw a 147-inch image, and a picture quality of 4K essentially turns your lounge into the local digital cinema.
Though the USTP's main use is for watching movies, Sony has positioned it as a gadget for art lovers, too: a masterpiece projected onto the wall will bring your room to life
You'll need a serious appreciation for home design, as the Sony 4K USTP will set you back $50,000 (£32,000). Cash-rich enquirers can head over to www.sony.net.
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