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October 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

HP’s wild new PC with 3-D scanner, gesture sensing and more

Putting some sizzle into the PC business that it’s expected to spin off next year, HP today announced a wild new system that combines a Windows PC, a 3-D scanner, gesture tracking and a giant touchpad.

HP image.

HP image.

HP’s “Sprout” system will begin selling in stores Nov. 9 at a starting price of $1,899. The base model includes a 23-inch touchscreen, all-in-one desktop with an Intel i7 processor, Windows 8.1, 1 terabyte of storage, a high-end Nvidia graphics card and a four-camera scanning system that takes up to 14.6 megapixel images.

The system looks to be  the love child of an iMac and an overhead projector but it introduces new modes to manipulate and create digital objects. It’s not a workstation as much as a digital creation and crafting center.

In addition to the hardware, HP is trying to build an ecosystem of digital creation apps and announced a software-development kit today.

The PC comes with HP-developed apps for scanning images and objects and manipulating using the touchscreen, gestures, touchpad or an included stylus. Here’s how HP describes the “Sprout Illuminator” system:

A capture and projection system that combines multiple devices a scanner, depth sensor, hi res camera, projector into a single system to capture and project dimensional images like never before, allowing users to take items from the physical world and seamlessly merge them into the digital workspace.

Sprout is the centerpiece of HP’s “blended reality” initiative that’s working on new, immersive technologies.

Simultaneously, it announced a new commercial 3-D inkjet printer — the “Multi Jet Fusion” — that it expects to begin selling in 2016. Perhaps it’s aimed at print shops where you’ll be able to buy “printed” versions of your Sprout creations.

Here’s an HP advertorial video demonstrating the Sprout:

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Here are the Sprout specs:

Operating System Windows 8.1
HP Illuminator HP Illuminator, powered by the HP DLP Projector, the HP High-Resolution Camera with up to 14.6 megapixel resolution and the Intel “RealSense” 3D Camera for instant capture of 2D and 3D objects, along with an LED desk lamp
HP Touch Mat 20″ diagonal, 20-point touch-enabled touch mat with an ultra-resistant top coating
Stylus Adonit Jot Pro stylus to write and draw comfortably. It can be attached magnetically to the upper-right side of the Sprout display.
Processor 4th generation Intel Core™ i7-4790S Processor
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 745A with 2GB DDR3 dedicated memory
Integrated display 23″ diagonal, 10-point touch-enabled, Full HD (1920×1080) Wide Viewing Angle, White-LED backlit LCD Display
Memory 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 SDRAM memory2x4GB (expandable to 16GB)
Hybrid drive 1TB SATA 6G Solid State Hybrid Drivewith 8GB flash acceleration cache offers SSD-like Speed & HDD capacity
Webcam HP High Definition 1MP Webcam
Sound DTS Sound™
Wireless 10/100/1000 Base-T Network and Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 and Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n featuring Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO technology
USB ports Dual USB 2.0 ports and dual USB 3.0 ports, including a powered port to charge phones or other USB devices
Memory Card Reader HP 3-in-1 Media Card Reader – Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC
Keyboard and mouse Premium wireless chiclet-style keyboard with volume control, Windows 8 hot keys and optical mouse
sprout workspace The app for capturing, creating and sharing your ideas


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