While photo kiosks have used touch-screens for some time now, Fujifilm has introduced a new model that uses Microsoft’s Surface – a “smart” display that lets you manipulate your images much like a tablet display (with finger flicks, pinches, etc.). You load photos into the kiosk just as you always would, using a USB drive, CD, or memory card and create your book using the on-screen interface.
The finished product is ready in about ten days.
Unfortunately for us stateside photogs, Fujifilm is only offering these next-gen kiosks in Australia. I know – Australia? But according to Gary Pageau, “The Land Down Under has long been a test-bed for the photo industry.” Who knew?
Still, it’s a very cool interface – it’s a lot easier to manipulate the large surface of the – well, Surface, than it is the smaller touch-screens found on today’s photo kiosks. Hopefully this technology will make it across the ocean soon.