HP Makes 3D Scanning on Sprout Easier
The company is offering its new 3D Capture system for the immersive system that includes a turntable that moves objects as they are scanned.Hewlett-Packard is making it easier to scan and print three-dimensional images with its Sprout immersive computing system. The tech giant on June 11 unveiled new 3D technologies that will enable Sprout users to quickly scan 3D images into the system, manipulate and share the images, and then print the images with a connected 3D printer. Sprout is a foundation of HP's larger "Blended Reality" immersive-computing vision that officials have said will fuel creativity and productivity in both commercial and consumer environments. Until Sprout, such 3D capabilities were only available to a few people who could afford the technology, according to Eric Monsef, vice president of HP's Highly Immersive Systems unit. The new system, introduced in October 2014, is HP's "on-ramp" into the Blended Reality initiative, Monsef said during a conference call with journalists. Sprout is making 3D technology usable and affordable, essentially "democratizing 3D," he said. Sprout integrates such components as the project, 3D camera, scanner, keyboard and mouse, and a canvas with touch capabilities into a single system. It also comes with a 23-inch, full-HD touch-screen, and is designed to enable users to merge physical objects into a digital workspace. It's powered by an Intel Core i7 chip, runs Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system and HP's Workspace—a software platform designed for the system—and includes 8GB of DDR3 memory.
Initially, Sprout could only scan objects one side at a time. HP on June 11 is introducing new capabilities to the system, in particular an integrated desktop 3D scanning solution that is a combination of hardware and software. It includes 3D cameras using Intel's RealSense photo technology and the 3D Capture Stage, which is a turntable that can be used as a platform for objects that are being scanned. The platform automatically tilts 15 degrees as it turns to enable the camera to capture all aspects of the object, and the 3D Capture software inside Sprout creates a full 3D digital image that users can manipulate.