Hewlett-Packard Co at its media event held on Wednesday did not only announce about its Multi Jet Fusion technology but also accompanied it with a new all-in-one computer (not the very old traditional computer like) with a bit of twist.
Naming its new venture as Sprout, HP has merged the all-in-one AIO Windows 8 PC along with a 3D scanner and projector with the thought of rekindling industry interests.
Look wise the HP Sprout is no way different from any other Windows 8 AIO just for that getting an overhead scanner with integrated projector. Called the Sprout Illuminator, the overhead scanner gets packed with combination of LEDs and cameras to be able in projecting a 20-inch display onto the Touch Mat, a capacitive touchpad.
Touch Mat does not restrict itself to just being able to interact with stuff onscreen – like playing virtual piano or moving around puzzle pieces, but also extends its ability to help Sprout scan the objects placed on it into the computer. The limitation however with this feature is that it can only scan the top part of the object placed over the Touch Mat i.e. the part that is placed facing the Sprout Illuminator.
Over here HP is clear in betting that people prefer desk-level touch controls more than onscreen and that the company is working towards getting a version developed in the further which could support the full 3D scanning of the object. Once the image of the object is scanned and projected onto the desktop, the users can edit it by touching which can then be shared through social media.
This HP Sprout, the first piece in the company’s planned “blended reality” ecosystem as reported is a collaborative effort of HP, Microsoft 3M and Intel.
About the hardware of the HP Sprout, running Windows 8.1 it comes packed with an Intel Core i7-4970S processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and Nvidia GeForce GT745A graphics along with a 1TB hard drive.
And for the apps, the HP Sprout is to come with small assortment of apps and to name a few would be from Skype, Dreamworks Animation and Evernote. The HP Sprout with a price tag of $1,899 is to launch this November 9th. The price seems to be certainly a huge figure for an experimental PC. And this though seems to have lot of potential; the success of it purely depends on whether developers can/are eager to get practical applications for it.
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