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is this the future of desktop computing
« on: February 13, 2015, 05:32:52 PM »
HP Sprout: is this the future of desktop computing?

HP is launching its Sprout computing platform in the UK next week, which it hopes can redefine the role of desktop PCs in the home

 People have been predicting the death of desktop computers for years, and sales of traditional PCs have taken a significant hit since tablets and smartphones claimed centre stage. But the humble desktop continues to play an important role in many people's lives.

Now HP is hoping to reinvent the category with the launch of Sprout, a first-of-its-kind computing platform that is designed to reduce the barriers between the digital and physical worlds and merge 2D with 3D – something that HP calls 'blended reality'.

Sprout consists of an all-in-one desktop computer with an HD touchscreen, a flexible capacitive touch mat which serves as a second touchscreen, a scanner, a depth sensor, a hi-resolution camera and a projector.

The system runs both Microsoft Windows 8.1 and HP Workspace – a new operating system developed by HP specifically for Sprout to take advantage of the dual-screen experience. Together these provide a digital environment that is optimised for "creative expression and human interaction", according to HP.

 "There is not one component in Sprout that is wholly unique," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president for HP Personal Systems.

"There have been scanners before, there have been projectors before, there have been computers before, there have been tablet surfaces before; it’s the integration of all those components, brought together by a new software paradigm called Workspace."

Sprout lends itself well to artistic applications and graphic design. For example, users can scan and capture real-world objects in 3D using the Sprout Illuminator projection system, and then manipulate the virtual rendering of those 3D objects with their fingers, using the touch mat.

For example, British fashion designer and creative director Patrick Grant used Sprout to unleash his creativity in a recent art project:

sprout story: patrick grant | sprout by hp

 Objects that have previously been scanned are stored on the Workspace desktop and can be flicked from the main touchscreen down onto the touch mat, moved around, resized and edited.

Each object is given its own 'layer' (like in Adobe Photoshop), so different objects can be brought to the front or made to overlap. They can also be layered on top of existing 2D images, or integrated into games or other applications.

The system is also well suited to collaborative work, with users on two different Sprout systems able to view video feeds of one another on the main screen, while simultaneously manipulating content on the touch mat.

Julian ‘Artjaz’, creative director of the Graffiti Kings, said that Sprout provides an ideal platform for collaborating and creating remotely with his graffiti collective:

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