Look Ma - No Hardware! Software Turns Dumb Paper into a Smart Touchscreen
Fujitsu has created a spatially aware Fingerlink Interaction System creates an interactive touchscreen like system using objects in the real world - both flat surfaces like paper and tables but also curved surfaces like books.
In this way - the system takes “dumb” items and makes them “smart”
The system doesn’t use any special hardware, it re-uses an ordinary webcam and a commercial projector. It relies on image processing technology to work its magic.
The video demo shows how you can import information on the paper by selecting areas on the page to import as data.
The system is designed to operate on specific gestures and will not react when you make ordinary motions on the table. The system uses finger height accurately in order to translate touch. The system can also be operated by gesture controls.
Gesture and spatial input for PC and other connected devices have received a lot of press lately with the likes of Thalmic Labs, Leap Motion and the updates from Microsoft for Kinect - but this is the first that I have seen of a company that is attempting to use this type of technology to merge the real world with the digital world outside of a typical screen.
More from Fujitsu’s press release here: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2013/20130403-01.html