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Fujitsu's Fabric PC and Three Other Forward-Looking Concepts

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Fujitsu just unveiled a few futuristic concept gadgets, the most interesting of which is probably a fabric laptop. Sure, there's no word on just how they'll make a computer that's "soft, pliable, and can comfortably be carried like portfolio of paper," but it sure is a neat idea. The other concepts are an electronic card viewer, a salesclerk browser, and a customer browser. Check out the gallery below for big images and hit the jump for the official release.

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Card Viewer - An information device which consists of a main part and two or more "electronic paper" sleeves which are detachable. These can be used for sharing data, information, directions, etc... Simply detach a display and hand it to a friend or colleague. The information stays on the screen.

Clerk Browser - An information terminal which a salesclerk uses in stores, like a boutique, super store, car dealership, etc... It attaches to the wrist and is used to provide information to help customers. Product information like bridal registries, inventory levels, specifications, product locations; and customer data like buying patterns, other products customers buy, recommendations if product is out of stock.

Fabric PC - Based on the concept of electronic paper, this PC supports varying usage models due to the flexibility provided by the display. The unit is soft, pliable, and can comfortably be carried like portfolio of paper. Yet it is a fully functional PC that can be used as a notebook, notepad, address book and digital map.

Customer Browser - An information device which consists of an easy to carry store and product reference device. Maps of the store complete with product location, descriptions, detailed information, and on-line help. Customers can register products, scan devices to have alerts emailed to them for up-coming sales, register for weddings, make purchases for delivery, etc...

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DISCUSSION

I think fabric skins for notebooks would look nice, but clearly the durability of the look of fabric, and the fact that ALL items made of fabric that contact the human skin regularly have to be periodically washed (or they will look shitty and stink), means that fabric must merely be a cover/skin.

In other words, Grandma could knit me a "fabric laptop PC" today.

The customer browser concept is great (like shopping online, but in the store) especially if you use it to scan and ring up as you go... then get met at the door with your products all paid for...

Better yet, in stores where they have items on the shelf, attaching it to a convenient slot on your shopping cart, scanning as you go, and walking out the door at the end (like that final check off at Wal-mart or Costco exit) sounds real nice.