Jan 4, 2017 | By Benedict

HP has unveiled the Sprout Pro G2 at CES 2017. The maker-friendly computer, an upgrade on the original Sprout from 2014, is equipped with a 3D scanning module, projector, cameras, and Touch Mat with stylus.

Back in 2014, printing giant HP unveiled its first Sprout computer, a creativity-oriented machine that offered inbuilt 3D scanning features and a projector. Two years and one Jet Fusion 3D printer later, and HP is back with an upgraded Sprout that comes with two exciting new features: a 21.3-inch Touch Mat that lays flat on a work surface and functions as a second display, and the Sprout Illuminator, which uses a projector to beam the second display onto the Touch Mat below. The Illuminator also houses the computer’s 14.6MP downward-facing camera, as well as other components.

Like the original Sprout before it, HP’s Sprout Pro G2 is being billed as the ultimate creative computer for makers, artists, designers, engineers, and anyone that uses 3D scanning and 3D printing technology in their line of work (or play). Furthermore, the Pro G2 contains new features that make it suitable for users in education, manufacturing, and retail. In retail, for example, the Illuminator and Touch Mat can be used to let customers quickly personalize 3D products using the stylus and various on-screen options. This form of interactive product design has already been adopted by businesses such as Media Markt, the European consumer electronics retailer.

Announced yesterday at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the Sprout Pro G2 has impressed attendees with its new and upgraded components and specs, which include an an Intel quad-core 2.9GHz Core i7-7700T CPU with integrated Intel HD Graphics 630, a 23.8-inch Full HD (1920x1080) vertical display with 10-point touch, and 1TB of storage. Slimmer and taller than the original Sprout, the Pro G2 also gets a cosmetic overhaul, with extra black-clad surfaces serving to visually trim the computer’s profile.

The most interesting feature of the Sprout Pro G2 (and indeed the original Sprout) is its integrated 3D scanning system. Using the computer’s inbuilt camera, the Pro G2 can create either 2D or 3D images or items placed on the Touch Mat or held and rotated (using a feature called “quick 3D Capture Capability”) below the Illuminator. Once the images have been captured, users can use the Touch Mat and stylus to manipulate and edit the 3D scanned object for purposes such as preparing a 3D printable file or creating virtual reality content.

Images: Melissa Riofrio

In terms of software and applications, HP’s Sprout Pro G2 comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, an undoubted improvement on the original Sprout’s Windows 8 OS, and whose forthcoming Creators Update (due in April) will contain a host of 3D-friendly tools, such as a 3D version of MS Paint. HP has also created a new suite of apps called WorkTools that enables users to manipulate 2D and 3D content on an interactive clipboard. Additionally, the introduction of the Sprout Pro G2 coincides with the release of HP’s new “Professional” SDK, which may inspire third-party creators to create new applications for the 3D scanning computer.

There is currently no pricing information available about the Sprout Pro G2, though the original Sprout was sold for $1,899 and last year’s classroom-oriented Sprout Pro cost $2,199.

Sprout Pro by HP G2 specs

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700T 2.9G 8M 35W CPU
  • Ports: Headphone/microphone combo, SD card, 4x USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, GB Ethernet, Audio line-out
  • Media card reader: 3-in1, supports SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Memory: Maximum 16GB DDR4-2400 SODIMM (2x8GB) RAM
  • HP Touch Mat: 21.3" diagonal, 20-point touch, stylus-enabled mat with ultra-resistant top coating
  • High-res camera: 14.6 Megapixel, downward facing
  • Web camera: 2MP
  • Vertical display: 23.8" diagonal, 10-point touch-enabled, Full HD (1920x1080) Wide Viewing Angle, White LED backlit LCD Display
  • Horizontal display: Projected display using DLP projector with 1920x1280 resolution adjusted for Keystone correction; max resolution 73 ppi
  • 3D camera: HP Sprout 3D capture module
  • Height: 22.4" (56.8 cm)
  • Width: 26.5" (67.2 cm)
  • Depth: 23.1" (58.6 cm)
  • Weight: 28.3 lb. (12.8 kg)

 

 

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willi wrote at 1/6/2017 11:57:38 PM:

Hopefully with a GPU that can do VR.

TC wrote at 1/4/2017 4:41:55 PM:

You can see David SLS scanner in the background on one of the photos. HP recently bought the company.



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