Dell Shows Off 'Smart Desk' for Artists, Architects
The preview of the system comes a week after HP unveiled Sprout, an immersive system that includes touch-screens, scanners and cameras.AUSTIN, Texas—Dell officials are giving attendees at the Dell World 2014 show here a look at future innovations around PCs, such as a "smart desk" that includes multi-touch LCD screens, a digital touch-enabled workspace and a stylus. The company unveiled the concept Nov. 5 amid a range of other efforts in the PC business—including a new business tablet and greater management and security capabilities within its software suite—and a week after rival Hewlett-Packard introduced the Sprout, which brings together a scanner, depth sensor, high-resolution camera and projector to create a single device that officials said will give users an immersive experience and enable them to merge physical objects into a digital workspace. Both Dell's smart desk—which officials said will have Precision workstation performance—and HP's Sprout are aimed at such users as engineers, digital artists and architects, with the goal of giving them the tools they need to be more productive. "The Dell smart desk provides a work surface that aligns closely with the productivity requirements of professional software applications," Rocco Ancona, a Distinguished Engineer in the End User Computing CTO Group at Dell, wrote in a post on the company blog.
At the show here, Dell officials have been vocal about the recent success of the company's PC business—a 9.7 percent increase in global shipments in the third quarter, and a 19.7 percent jump in the United States—and the importance of clients in Dell's larger ambitions around becoming an enterprise IT solutions and services provider.