By Patrick Avenell
Fujifilm today demonstrated the new self-service photo printing booth that it is set to roll out in retail stores, such as partners Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, which will utilise the new Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense.
The SUR40 is like a coffee table tablet computer: it has a 40-inch screen that can process 50-plus multi-touch input simultaneously, making it a truly collaborative. At its unveiling today, the SUR40 was running Windows 7 Professional, though it is fully upgradable to Windows 8.
Daniel Paul, Fujifilm’s senior category manager, demonstrated the photo book program for Current.com.au. Unlike the decidedly old-world kiosks that are currently being used, the SUR40 is much more immersive, allowing users to select, edit and design albums as a group all with touch and gestures.
Images can be input through traditional methods, such as SD, MicroSD and Compact Flash cards, while there is also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, subject to smartphone and in-store compatibilities.
Fujifilm revealed that they would not be charging a premium for designing albums on the SUR40, even though the experience should be much more enjoyable for the user.
Store roll-out is still planning, though Current.com.au understands that Harvey Norman’s Balgowlah superstore has been highlighted as a preferred testing ground.
The new Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense.
A look at the Fujifilm interface on the SUR40.