New research has shown that short-throw front projectors that have wireless capabilities are expected to be most in demand among consumers.

The figures from US-based technology analysts, Pacific Media Associates (PMA), indicated that environmental credential are set to play an increasingly important role in people’s decisions when they are selecting projectors.

“Respondents showed a high interest in short-throw projection, and 40 per cent of future fixed projector purchases are expected to include mounting for a short-throw projector,” said PMA president, Bill Coggshall.

“Nearly 70 per cent of intenders say an environmentally friendly projector is an absolute must or very important for their next projector... In addition, more than half the intenders surveyed consider connecting wirelessly to smartphones and tablets as an absolute must or very important.”

The most important technological features for prospective buyers was found to be solid state illumination (SSI), comprising lasers, LEDs, and laser/LED hybrids. Coggshall said that users are making themselves increasingly aware of the technological specifications that increase a projector’s environmental friendliness and that manufacturers needed to be aware of this.

Around 60 per cent of the organisations surveyed said that they had a front projector – a slight rise from 2009 – but the survey found that market penetration is expected to increase significantly over the next 12 months.