Desktop PCs have always been linked with the use of keyboard and mouse, but Hewlett-Packard has announced a new product that is quite impressive. Dubbed HP Sprout, this is a All-in-One computer that has a built-in projector and multi-touch capacitive touch mat. Instead of the traditional input devices – they keyboard and mouse, users get an interactive touch mat that they can use to control projected objects and applications.
This product is obviously targeting those working in creative environments, such as artists, architects, engineers but it can definitely appeal to regular consumers, as well. HP Sprout features a 23-inch touchscreen display with a projector that hangs on top of the all-in-one. It’s equipped with a 4-camera system thanks to Intel’s RealSense 3D camera, a 14.6-megapixel high-resolution camera, a HP DLP projector, and an LED desk lamp.
This innovative system will allow users to scan and manipulate 2D and 3D objects directly on their PC. If you prefer, you can also use a stylus to draw on the touch mat and move scanned objects. A software keyboard is projected on your fingers within touch-optimized apps, allowing you to write directly on the mat. The mat is really central place for all your interaction with the system.
HP has already developer a number of apps for Sprout, and more are said to become available. It comes pre-loaded with such as software as McAfee LiveSafe, CyberLink PowerDirector; Evernote; Netflix; Skype; Adobe Reader; Bing Translator; Fresh Paint; Microsoft Project Spark; Piano Time and The Weather Channel. HP’s new product also supports gestures and allows users to manipulate multiple layers within apps. Let’s have a look at its tech specs, as well:
- Windows 8.1 64
- Intel Core i7-4790S with Intel HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 745A
- 23″ diagonal FHD WVA touch-enabled LED-backlit LCD (1920 x 1080)
- 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 (2 x 4 GB) RAM, upgradeable to 16 GB
- 1 TB SATA 6G SSD
- 3-in-1 memory card reader
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 MiniCard combo
- 2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 line out; 1 headphone/microphone combo
- HP HD 1 MP Webcam
- DTS Sound+; Integrated premium stereo speakers, dual digital MEMS microphone
This new desktop computer seems to be the right choice for artists, designers and other type of visual creators, but we really have to wonder about mass adoption. Still, even if it’s a niche product, it’s good to see that the market is diversifying. The HP Sprout starts at $1, 899 but can pay $50 extra for the separate HP Touch Mat Cover accessory to protect your work space. There’s also a HP Desktop Organizer that keeps your things in order and costs $20.