HP is spinning out its “blended reality” solutions to professional and educational consumers, the company announced on Tuesday.
The Sprout PC platform incorporates a 3D scanner and two screens to transform objects from physical to digital space, which HP hopes can be used in manufacturing and design as well as in the consumer field. The new Sprout Pro package is targeted to educators, creative designers, and manufacturers.
Sprout, the dual-screen desktop computer-scanner combination that is the cornerstone of HP’s “blended reality” line, was already equipped for 2D and 3D scanning.
Customers have given HP feedback about the ways they have modified their own Sprout platforms for business, said Lewis Kim, global head and GM of Immersive Computing at HP, during a press briefing.
“Our mission is to radically speed up factory assembly times and reduce errors. Sprout provides a clean and compact package to deliver our solution, helping us be radically more productive as well,” said Paul Ryznar, CEO of OPS Solutions.
Sprout Pro adds remote sharing and collaboration tools enabled by Skype for Business’ Sprout Companion, as well as an HP External Display Mixer that allows users to easily switch between sharing what is on their screen or what is on their desk. It also adds professional-level document scanning.
The collaboration element is one of the core components of what HP calls “an evolution toward blended reality.” While the company is particularly pushing its HP Education Editions, the Sprout Pro has also been tested with designers and other professionals who utilize a lot of collaboration and image sharing.
Customized software from companies like Adobe and Autodesk allow Sprout Pro to have a variety of different functions. It is also compatible with Sculpt+, Print Studio, and Autodesk’s Tinkercad, which is used for creating digital designs.
At its core, it runs on Windows 10 Professional and has an Intel Core i7 processor, DDr4 memory, and increased security using a Trusted Platform Model.
The Sprout Pro is priced at $2,199 and is expected to be available in February.
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