Michael Park, the vice president and general manager of mobility at HP. stated in a recent interview that the company would like to run augmented reality apps with the upcoming Elite x3, perhaps in a partnership with the Hololens headset.
Universal Windows applications made for the HoloLens AR headset will work on smartphones, and they could be used on the Elite x3, said Michael Park, vice president and general manager of mobility at HP. The Elite x3 won't do AR right out of the starting gate, but it will eventually, Park said. "Directionally that's where the roadmap will go," Park said.
In AR, floating objects are superimposed on real-world scenarios. That will change the way workers interact with the physical world around them, Park said. The ability to augment real-world scenes could help in areas like medicine and troubleshooting, he said.
Park added that there are different ways that the HP Elite x3 could be used for AR apps:
"It could be a head-based unit or arm-based unit combined with the [handset] unit -- there are all kinds of scenarios," Park said.
He also stated that at the moment, HP is not interested in launching lower-cost Android phones for the consumer market:
"There are a lot of people in the commercial domain who are not using Pokemon Go," Park said. "We're not trying to hit the volumes and scales of Android. We're going after IT shops."
The first shipments of the HP Elite x3 are expected to begin for some regions of the world as early as next week.