Technologies of the Near Future: Ring-type Wearable Devices, Iris Authentication and More

Cutting-edge Technology Zone

Fujitsu Forum 2015 was held May 14–15 in Tokyo. In the exhibition hall, around 100 exhibitions and demonstrations were presented in six zones: Big Data, Business and Social Innovation, Cloud, Security, Work Style Innovation, and Cutting-edge Technologies.

Next generation laser eyewear uses the retina as a screen

Visitors experience digital technology of the near future in the Cutting-edge Technology Zone. Fujitsu demonstrated a range of specific devices and products that will drive Human Centric Innovation and how this will change society and the daily lives of people.

For example, the retina scanning laser eyewear is an innovative device that uses a micro-projector mounted on the frame of glasses to project images using the wearer’s retina as the screen. Usually a person recognizes scenery or objects by focusing on them using the lens of his or her eye. However, since this eyewear projects images directly on the retina of the wearer, even those visually impaired can see scenery or objects vividly. This retina scanning laser eyewear is scheduled for release in spring 2016 to assist people with impaired vision. The demonstration was widley popular as visitors could try the eyewear on for themselves and view video images prepared for the demo. Wearers of the laser eyewear with myopia or astigmatism were astonished that they were able to see the images clearly. This is possible as the eyewear projects images directly onto the retina.

Write characters in the air with the Ring-type wearable device

The Ring-type wearable device drew the attention of many visitors. With this ring-shaped device placed on the finger, users can input characters or enter numbers into a system by simply moving their finger in the air. The device allows users to Select information displayed on the monitor and Press OK hands-free. In a factory or outdoor work site environment, workers simply move a finger in the air, instead of using a touch panel or keyboard, to check a to-do list for example, allowing information to be updated with minimum effort or interruption to their work.

Iris authentication: Unlock your smartphone by simply looking at the screen

One of the most popular demonstrations was ARROWS NX F-04G, the world's first smartphone with an iris authentication feature. Simply following the smartphone's guidance and looking at the screen registers the user's iris. Once the iris is registered, the user can unlock the phone just by looking at the screen.
This system uses a small infrared camera built in the smartphone to authenticate the iris. Most existing iris authentication systems require the eye and infrared camera to be within approximately 10 centimeters. However, this new system allows users to unlock a smartphone simply by looking at it from a normal viewing position and distance. Users no longer need to worry about gloves or wet fingers to log in, thereby greatly improving the usability of smartphones.
Fujitsu's new smartphone-sized devices with Windows 8.1 also caught the attention of vistors, these tablets will be used to link existing POS systems for Windows with payment systems and work sites. Smaller than a tablet, it fits in your chest pocket. While the device is for demonstration only at this time, Fujitsu plans to start producing it commercially during 2016.

Other exhibitions included technology for analyzing network and application qualities at the world's fastest speed of 200 Gbps and a case study where job sites were revolutionized for the aviation industry using RFID. This demonstrated how Fujitsu's latest technologies and products drive change for society and in the lives of people.