As expected, HO today announced Sprout, its first 3D computing PC powered by Windows. This product will cost $1899 and will be available in 50 Best Buy stores and 30 Microsoft stores, as well as at HP’s own website. This is a desktop PC targeted for artists, designers and workbench-style creator.Basically, it is a Windows all-in-one PC combined with a giant tactile touchpad that will be placed before the monitor and a projector that needs to be fixed on top of the touchpad. It blends the 3D physical world with our 2D digital one
Users can input their ideas on a wide mat that rests in front of the video monitor. Anything sketched or written is captured by sensors in the mat. Anything placed atop the mat is photographed or scanned by an overhead camera — and then transformed into digital content that can be displayed and further manipulated on the monitor. Watch the video demo here.
“We wanted it to be this guiding light in a way HP can innovate again,” Eric Monsef, Hewlett-Packard’s vice president of Immersive Systems, said in an interview. He said he hopes Sprout will “draw people back to HP as a recruitment tool”.
More details will be revealed soon.