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HP announces Sprout, a creative workstation with futuristic input methods

By Ian Chee - on 30 Oct 2014, 10:25am

HP announces Sprout, a creative workstation with futuristic input methods

HP has announced what they call the Sprout, a blend of functionalities from a computer, a projector and a scanner.

In terms of looks, the first thing that comes to mind is an all-in-one computer. All you see at first glance is the 10-point multi-touch 23-inch display. In it, you will find an Intel Core i7 processor, 1 TB of storage, NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 745A graphics, and 8GB of RAM. On top of it are a DLP projector, LED lamp, and 14.6MP camera, all in what looks like an overhead lamp.

The most distinctive feature of the Sprout is its complete lack of a keyboard and mouse. The input options that you have instead are the display itself and a mat. Of course, this is no ordinary mat. The mat magnetically connects itself to the base and, with the help of the projector, brings up your virtual keyboard, launches Sprout-specific applications, or even acts as a second screen. It also has three capacitive buttons, which summon the keyboard, launches the applications window, or turn off the mat’s capacitive touch. It also comes with a stylus, and should you decide to use the traditional keyboard-and-mouse combo, you can just tug the mat off the base.

Most of the magic happens, thanks to the overhead lamp-looking object. It lets you scan objects into the system and lets you manipulate them in 2D or 3D, thanks to four cameras along with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera.

Perhaps the best way to describe what all this means is through this video:

 

Source: Gizmodo.