fujitsu-fingerlink[CEATEC 2013] I am quite sure that many of us are familiar with the fictional Tony Stark’s genius, and his artificial intelligence system at home, J.A.R.V.I.S., along with the kind of fancy computing hardware that can be manipulated using his hands alone via gestures, tend to be the kind of wet dream that geeks can only think of. Fujitsu might be working on a device that has the future in mind, in the form of the Fujitsu FingerLink.

This particular solution looks rather magical, where it relies on a top-mounted camera that is capable of converting physical objects into virtual objects. In other words, place the front page of a newspaper under the FingerLink system’s camera, and you can use your finger to trace out a photo or a news snippet, before “pushing” them to the side. When done, remove the newspaper itself, and you can use your fingers to manipulate the virtual cut out newspaper segments that are now in a digital format. This is definitely the kind of system that public and university libraries could make do with to bring a breath of fresh air to the mix, and who knows? We might have a Tony Stark wannabe in the midst who could end up inspired by such technology that he or she ends up as a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist eventually.

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