HP Sprout: video hands on

You’ve probably had enough of sprouts until next Christmas (the green kind that smell of socks), but here’s one that might just rekindle your appetite. We first reported on the HP Sprout ‘smart desktop’ back in October last year, but we haven’t had the chance to play with one until today at CES 2015.

Just to recap, the HP Sprout is the desktop PC reimagined, complete with 3D scanning camera and, instead of a keyboard, a touchscreen that’s projected on the desk in front of you.

The embedded video, recorded by our very own Tim Danton at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, shows the Sprout’s key selling points in action – the ability to quickly scan objects and photographs, then manipulate them on-screen – plus one exciting new feature. In beta currently but slated for official release in March, the HP Sprout now has the ability to capture objects in full 3D.

Video: HP Sprout 3D scanning demo

It’s certainly an intriguing concept – particularly up in conjunction with a 3D printer – and it’s one that works pretty well by the looks of things, as the demonstrator shows the Sprout scanning in a number of objects, then using the projected touch mat to manipulate those objects on screen. The 3D bit is at the end of the video.

Alas, no UK on-sale date has yet been announced for the HP Sprout, although it’s currently on sale in the US. Hopefully this will change soon so we can get you a full review of the PC.

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