Ricoh patents various unconventional GXR units

Ricoh GXR system is rather unique since it uses a swappable cartridges that encapsulate the lens and the sensor in one piece. The last GRX product announced was a cartridge with a Leica M mount. A Micro Four Thirds GXR unit was also rumored last year.

Ricoh filed a new patent in Japan for several interesting GXR units that are completely different than the current lens+ sensor combos:

  • GXR Hard drive storage unit:

  • GXR printer unit:

  • GXR projection unit:

  • GXR wireless unit:

  • GXR scanner unit:

Previous patent were filed for a new Ricoh GXR 35mm f/1.8 Macro element.

Update: Ricoh showed prototypes of some of the units described in this patent during the CP+ show in Japan in March 2010.

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