Not satisfied with just revealing a printer, HP has also launched a new type of device that combines a computer, projector and scanner into one machine called Sprout.
This computer is something that HP pulled from its "experimental" department. It's most distinct feature is its complete lack of keyboard and mouse. Instead, it opts for a mat that can summon a digital keyboard and also moonlight as a digital canvas with a variety of different applications.
This strange-looking computer even looks futuristic. The only thing that you could say is conventional is the 23-inch desktop powered by an Intel Core i7 with 1 TB of storage. Perched above the display is a DLP projector and LED lamp. This little guy beams down different images onto the mat such as a keyboard or launches Sprout-specific applications (which require a separate SDK). Essentially the mat is a type of second screen that is pretty responsive and communicates well with its attached PC.
The coolest little trick this thing can do is let users scan objects and manipulate them in 2d or 3D. The lamp above comes with 4 cameras along with Intel's RealSense 3D camera, which we caught a glimpse of at CES this year, to make it all happen.
The Sprout is HP's first hardware push into what its calling its Blended Reality ecosystem, and the company is urging new partners to join but will launch on November 9th with applications from Evernote, Skype, Office, (Adobe is on the way). It will go on sale in the US for $1900, with no word on UK availability or pricing yet.
This might be something worth keeping an eye on to see how companies will embrace this new platform because right now the software options through the Sprout Workshop apps store is pretty limited.