A long time ago, every computer used to have floppy disk drives, but they disappeared as the medium became obsolete. It would appear that optical drives are about to go down the same road. Fujitsu has announced that it will replace optical drives in its Lifebook laptops with pico projectors. Fujitsu hasn’t really spilled details on the projectors, but I don’t see any tears dropping for the loss of optical drives in a few models.
People, things aren’t quite awesome with gazillions of tons of e-waste piling up, so we appreciate anything that promises to cut down on that mountain of garbage. Fujitsu M440 mouse claims to be the greenest in the world, having all its non-metal parts made from biologically sourced renewable compounds like lignin, starch, and natural resins. That clearly means there is no pesky plastic, in fact it appears manufacturing the mouse is also less CO2 intensive as compared to those made using plastic. The M440 looks quite like a win-win, especially with a price tag of $22.
Fujitsu has created a “social robot.” Besides being cuddly and adorable, the robot can respond to human interactions, using 300 preprogrammed physical and audio reactions. Fujitsu has placed a camera in the bot’s nose to allow for gesture recognition. The hope is to have the robot comfort the lonely, or use it in nursing homes for interactive comfort. Kind of reminds me of the “social bunny” or something named like that from The Sims.
Fujitsu has been playing around with a very interesting concept. The phone has a UI designed by TAT and two 960 x 480 displays. The screens can be switched between portrait and landscape displays, converting the phone into a clamshell or flip, effectively allowing you to change the phone’s form-factor. Scroll down for a video of the phone in action, plus another video demonstrating the prowess of TAT’s user interface.