HP computer enables 3D capture and printing

Learn more about Hewlett-Packward’s Sprout "creativity computer,"which is equipped with RealSense 3D cameras from Intel and enables the 3D scanning and printing of objects.

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Seen on VentureBeat:When Hewlett-Packard released itsSprout by HP creativity computer last October, it wasn’t fully fleshed out. But now that the company has integrated both 3D printing and 3D capture into Sprout, the desktop computer is starting to fulfill its promise of democratizing the art of creativity.

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Our take:

Hewlett-Packward’sSprout "creativity computer" was developed to be an "all-in-one computer and 3D scanner that makes it easy to go from through to expression in an instant."

The initial release, which was out last October, wasn’t fully realized, but they latest version of the computer is beginning to fulfill its promise of "democratizing the art of creativity," according to VentureBeat.

While the first model had "3D Snapshot," which enabled users to scan in about half an object, a new update dubbed "3D Capturesoftware" allows for the full 360° scan of an object. The computer is equipped with RealSense 3D cameras from Intel, which according to Arnaud Darmont, Founder, CEO, and CTO of Aphesa, is something that those in the industry should keep an eye on.

"The newIntel RealSense ‘rear’ camera may be a good camera for some niche 3D industrial applications that require quick deployment," he told Vision Systems Design. "Some people already use the Microsoft Kinect for this but I think the RealSense has more future in our industry because the API and documentation seem more open."

The RealSense 3D cameras can sense hand gestures, as well as the machine’s overhead projector. Sprout also features a proprietary HP 3D Capture Stage, which enables users to place objects that they want to capture in 3D and scan into the computer. The stage tilts 15° and uses a camera to stitch together a 3D object. A digital scan can be manipulated on the computer using automated editing tools. From there, a stitched image can be sent to a connected 3D printer for such applications as rapid prototyping, or, just for fun!

- James Carroll, Senior Web Editor

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