Fujitsu wants to replace your scanner with an interface out of 'Minority Report'

Over the past year we’ve seen lots of experimentation around user interface, ranging from infrared eye tracking (which has already found its way into mainstream smartphones) to incredibly accurate 3D motion controls. Today, Japan’s Fujitsu is showing off its take on the nontraditional interface — a combination scanner and camera that is somewhere between one of those laser virtual keyboards and a tablet screen that it’s showing off under the lengthy moniker "Next-Generation UI Enabling Operations via Hand Gestures and Finger Movements."

Fujitsu might not spring to mind as a hotbed of innovation, but the company hasn’t shied away from taking risks on out-there ideas, whether that’s palm-scanning laptops or cellphones that make it easier to sneak around on your significant other. The new project they’re showing off today lets users interact with real-life documents as though they were on a computer screen, helping to bridge the digital divide in a country that’s still surprisingly reliant on dead tree technology. A demo scrapbooking application let us use a tap-and-drag gesture to "clip" pieces from a document, saving images of our selections using the built-in camera. Another similar application lets you make digital copies of sticky notes, which you can then group and move around the table without having to peel the notes off every time. Presumably this will make it easier to brainstorm in a group, although the idea seemed more like an afterthought than a core function of the product.

The device can also detect depth and can distinguish where your fingertips are and what kind of gestures you’re performing with your hands using a jumble of geometric lines and points. One simple app to demo the depth detection let us manipulate a CAD drawing of the device in 3D space. The demo wasn’t hugely intuitive, and the geometric models that the machine was building out of our hands on the nearby TV was more impressive from a technical standpoint, but it could be handy if you need a 3D mouse for something.

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