HP Sprout; Blending the Physical with the Digital
For many years, companies have been experimenting with and creating a variety of technologies that attempt to provide users realistic experiences within digital realms.
Some of these innovative products have been designed as tools to help benefit the consumer while alleviating specific tasks, while others have been simply created as entertainment in the forms of games, and even more, there are those that give users a variety of experiences with options that can be adapted to fit their personal and professional lives. All for ones – we’ll call them.
Let’s take a look at example of the first:
Google (Niantic Lab’s) Ingress game that was released a little over 2 years ago (2012) and was the largest scaled massively multiplayer mobile game with a twist….augmented reality. The digital designs overlapped the existing Googles maps which represented the physical world. These designed to incorporate a variety of team-based functions, which the user had to physically visit in order to participate within the digital realm of the game.
Google continued to amaze with augmented reality in 2013 when it release Google Glasses, which again, implements the digital overlap feature to the user’s physical surroundings in order to aid them in searching, along with the capability to record what is being seen first hand.
Fast forward to the end of October, 2014 and the world was introduced with the newest form of digital blending into reality. Curtain lifts to the HP Sprout and user is introduced to the newest high-end all-in-one PC, with the added capabilities of 3D coping/rendering, collaboration across a vast network, plus truly intuitive and fully immersive experiences.
With the needs of owners, designers, writers, teachers and collaborators of all kind changing, then the ability to duplicate an item from its physical state into the digital allows for all parties to be able to communicate more effectively, along with those creating more to customize without waste. 3D printing has already become a reality, and with the introduction of this low-cost rendering capability easily accessible to the novice to expert user, then the threshold of possibilities has been crossed.
Further development of apps to cater to these users will help to pave the way for this product to become a truly beneficial technology. Add to this, the ability to collaborate with people across the world to work together on a project…to be able to communicate in real time and digitally manipulate content seamlessly is another added feature that appears promising.
HP has returned to wow the world and reimagine the PC.
What do you think about the HP Sprout?
Is this a revolution or a blipping trend?
How would you use the HP in your life…school…work…______?
Gannes, Liz. “Google Launches Ingress, a Worldwide Mobile Alternate Reality Game.” AllThingsD. Dow Jones Company, 15 Nov. 2012. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.
Warren, Tom. “HP Sprout Reimagines the PC with 3D Scanner, Wild Touch Mat.” HP Sprout Reimagines the PC with 3D Scanner, Wild Touch Mat. Yahoo, 29 Oct. 2014. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.