In just the past decade, television has changed a great deal, from the preponderance of 4K monitors in our homes to the waning of network TV to the overall way we consume media, spurred even further by the global pandemic impelling us to spend time on our couches for weeks on end. And then there’s the theoretical, if not nascent, industry shift towards ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors, which are typically smaller, consume less energy than TVs, and are less harsh on your eyes than looking directly at an actual TV screen
Projectors have been used domestically since before the dawn of television itself, the latter rendering the former a novelty for many. However, in recent years, big advancements have been made in the projector industry, from the development of short-throw technology and the advent of 4K and even 8K displays. Leica, who’s known for its iconic cameras, is no stranger to innovation throughout its 153-year history. Now, the German brand has unveiled its first projector, the Cine 1 Laser TV.
Housed in an aluminum body, the Cine 1 is an ultra-short-throw projector, which means that it’s meant to be a replacement for your actual television. While Leica hasn’t yet announced the distance the projector needs to be in relation to your wall, most USTs can cast displays from a mere few inches away. The company has said that the unit will be capable of throwing up to a 100-inch screen with an ultra-bright 4K resolution. Containing built-in Dolby Atmos surround sound speakers, the perforated body not only provides you with superior audio quality as well but allows for constant ventilation.
The Leica Cine 1 Laser TV is not expected to be available until next year, but you can find out more on the company’s website.