Oct. 22, 2014

HP is preparing to show off a new Windows PC called the Sprout with a built-in projector and 3D scanner, according to a report from Re/code.

Hewlett-Packard announced earlier this month it would split itself into two companies, one focused on company's enterprise services, software, and servers, and the other focusing on its PC and printing businesses, including 3D printing initiatives. CEO Meg Whitman said that the PC side would explore is "new computing experiences."

According to Re/code's description, the new PC will not look like an ordinary computer. The product combines a large flat-screen display with a touch-friendly working area, as well as an overhead assembly that combines a projector and a 3D scanner.

The Sprout has been created by a group headed by Eric Monsef, a former Apple hardware executive. The most interesting part is the Sprout's 3D scanner. Re/code states:

"The overhead device projects images downward onto the work surface, which users can manipulate with their hands or with a stylus. They can resize pictures, move elements around and change colors. They can also easily add new elements to the image by scanning objects or other images directly on the work surface. This is where the overhead 3D scanner comes into play. Adding an image of any object is as easy as placing it on the work surface where it can be scanned and then included in whatever the user is working on."

The Sprout reportedly runs Windows initially, but could eventually support Google's Chrome OS, according to Re/code's sources. HP is likely to market the Sprout to businesses and high-end consumers (prosumers) for their professional purposes.

There's no word on how much the Sprout may cost. But HP will hold a press event in New York City on October 29, where they will demonstrate Sprout and other new products.

Posted in 3D Scanning

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Gandy wrote at 10/23/2014 10:03:29 AM:

very interest, seems Intel 3D camera used.

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