Sprout is HP’s attempt at a new take on the desktop computer, one that doesn’t have a mouse and keyboard and instead tries to blend its digital world with what’s on your desk.
The HP Sprout is fitted with a Intel Core i7-4790S processor supported by a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745A graphics card with dedicated 2GB DDR3 and 8 GB DDR3L. The all-in-one computer, first introduced last year, has a scanner and projector jutting out on top that beams a second screen in front of it, which could show an additional desktop, a specific app, or a virtual keyboard.
The Sprout 3D scanner comes pre-loaded with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system and include a large 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA SSHD for string scanned images and creating renderings. This solution consists of Sprout with its Intel Real Sense 3D cameras, the proprietary HP 3D Capture Stage and unique 3D capture software. “Sprout, HP’s onramp to its Blended Reality strategy, is the first step on our mission to deliver truly immersive experiences,” said Eric Monsef, Highly Immersive Systems, HP. “The innovative 3D Capture solution uniquely allows users to easily capture an object in 3D that can then be further modified, shared, and printed.” Scanning Accessory and Software The 3D Capture Stage accessory is a turntable that serves as a platform for the objects being scanned.
At launch, the Sprout could only scan objects from a single side, but HP said today that it’ll release a free software update in July enabling full 3D scanning. Now, you can easily create whatever you imagine ‘with your hands’ using Sprout’s revolutionary, immersive, multi-touch technology and Sprout Workspace, the app for capturing, creating, and sharing your ideas. With just a few button taps, the new 3D Capture application works with Sprout’s technology to create a full 3D digital model that can be manipulated. 3D Capture is being introduced as a free upgrade to the current 3D Snapshot software, which captures one side of the object. The next automated update of the Sprout software will include a free version of the 3D scanning application that takes full advantage of the Sprout hardware. Until now, the physical and digital worlds have largely been separated and digital creation has remained in 2D; this new scanning application allows capture of objects in full 3D.
HP imagines that both hobbyists and professional engineers could use it to work, allowing them to continually redesign and tweak parts by hand — both physically and digitally — throughout their process. Sharing and Printing Sprout users can share 3D objects with a feature that lets others view and manipulate them in an online 3D viewer where they can rotate or resize an object to see multiple perspectives. HP Blended Reality Ecosystem Sprout is a first-of-its-kind Immersive Computing platform that redefines the user experience and creates a foundation for future immersive technologies.
That also points out the limitations to HP’s approach: fancy rigs may be needed for quality 3D scanning today, but it’s already looking like future smartphones will be able to take their place, at least for hobbyists. It’s not clear how many people have decided that it’s right for them — HP declined to share sales figures — but it’s a compelling look at how easy it’s becoming for the average person to start working with 3D models. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions.
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