HP will be releasing a new computer named Sprout with a built-in projector and 3D-scanner next week, Re/code reports. The news comes weeks after HP announced that it is splitting in two divisions. One part of the company manages PCs and printers, while the other is devoted to enterprise IT.
Developed by Eric Monsef, a former Apple hardware executive, the Sprout doesn’t seem like a regular computer. It is said to have three parts: a flat touch-enabled surface – similar to Pavilion Touchsmart series of desktop PCs, a large flat screen display, and an overhead assembly that packs in a 3D scanner and projector.
The projector would display images on the flat surface, which according to the report, users will be able to manipulate objects – by resizing them, changing colors and even move things around on the touch-enabled surface using their hands and or a stylus.
One will be able to easily add an image of an object by placing it on the work surface from where it will be scanned and then become part of the project that the user is working on.
According to the report, the Sprout will run on Windows at launch, and the company will eventually extend its support to Google’s Chrome OS. It will be targeted towards businesses as well as high-end customers.
The company is expected to demonstrate Sprout and many other products at an event in New York on October 29.