Touch screen interfaces are all the rage in the majority of new gadgets these days. What if you could turn normal items like paper into touch screen devices?
That's the goal behind this new touch panel design by Japanese tech company Fujitsu. By putting down items on the panel table, a surprisingly simple combination of a high resolution webcam and a commercial-grade projector, the system can read items placed in front of it for user manipulation. For example, a user can highlight portions of text from a piece of paper for digital storage. Another possibility allows users who are having trouble reading smaller fonts to get the projector to increase the font size.
The Fujitsu touch screen interfaces are currently in the development stage, with a hopeful commercial release by 2014.