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HP's New 'Sprout' Gets Creative with Touch Technology

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Tech giant HP is set to roll out what it believes will be the computing device of choice going forward. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

There's a good chance if you visit an electronics store within the next few weeks there will be a device on display that'll make you think, or say out loud, 'What the heck is that?' And chances are, the device about which you'll be speaking will be the new HP Sprout, the tech giant's vision for how you'll be using a computer in the very near future.

"From a hardware standpoint the magic is taking five devices into one: A projector, a keyboard, a scanner, an amazing canvas with touch properties, and a 3D camera, all into one beautiful device," explains Ron Coughlin of HP.

The best example of why you'd need all of those technologies at once; say you're working on putting together a brochure, you look up on your shelf and decide you want the butterfly sculpture you just bought to be part of the project. Well, just place it on the mat, a 3D image is instantly generated, and right away you can start working with it - move it around, rotate it, change its size. The Sprout's form factor also leads to new ways to play games, paint, design objects for 3D printing.

Now creative, artistic types will probably get into this straight out of the box, but will everyday computer users though find good use for all of this "stuff" in one spot?

"It's great to see the demos but I think actually using this thing is going to prove challenging for a lot of people. If you're an artist, if you're the kind of person who likes working with your hands, you're going to love digging into this. But for now it's probably more of a high-end thing," says Jeremy Kaplan of DigitalTrends.com.

The HP Sprout hits store shelves on November 9 for just under $2,000. Incidentally, HP again taking direct aim at the creative crowd, also unveiled a 3D printer with what it calls Multijet Fusion Technology which developers insists can make 3D prints 10 times faster than current 3D printers. That, though, won't be out until 2016.

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