Fujitsu's digital room lets you write on walls and tables

PCWorld | Aug 13, 2015

Forget whiteboards and Post-it notes! Fujitsu's brainstorm room uses virtual writing surfaces and digital sticky notes to generate and share ideas.

If you’ve had enough of Post-It notes you can try these virtual windows and infrared light pens for your next brainstorming session.
Would you be more productive at meetings if they were totally digital?
Fujitsu has developed a system that uses virtual writing surfaces and digital sticky notes to generate and share ideas.
At a demo in Tokyo this week, the electronics manufacturer showed off the new user interface, which features projections on walls and tables.
It’s supposed to liberate meeting participants from the constraints of small screens on mobile devices as well as paper. The idea is that every person using the new system can create, display and share information with others seamlessly.
It could one day be used by companies, product showrooms and schools.
The UI consists of projectors on the walls and ceilings, overhead cameras, a Kinect motion sensing system and Wi-Fi linking all mobile devices in the space.
A smartphone app allows the contents of a phone to be projected on tabletops or walls. Pictures and other data can be manipulated with simple gestures.
The system can also recognize handwriting through the infrared pens, and convert it into a virtual sticky note, which can be sent to the wall display.
The notes can be grouped on the wall, where digital prompt cards to stimulate ideas are also displayed.
Meanwhile, dots projected on the floor indicate the location of participants’ smartphones. Tracking them allows their information to be easily projected.
Naoyuki Sawasaki, Fujitsu Ubiquitous Systems Laboratory.
“The unique feature of this system is that on-site equipment and smart devices can be immediately linked, and the place itself is becomes a user interface where device information can be freely expanded.”
The system is far more complex – and less natural -- than simply jotting ideas down on paper, but Fujitsu thinks it can catch on.
The company is carrying out a field trial of the system in this workshop space in Tokyo until March, with an eye to future c ommercialization.
In Tokyo, Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service