HP Sprout with Windows 8.1 will add a 3D scanning feature in July

In late 2014, HP launched a truly unique Windows 8.1 PC called the Sprout, which included scanners that could capture real-world objects that were placed on its touchmat. This week, HP announced that a free software update for the Sprout is due in July that will add a way for the PC to scan those objects and create a full 3D model.

Currently, the HP Sprout can scan objects but generates 2D images of them. The upcoming software update will add the third dimension to those scans. HP stated:

"With just a few button taps, the new 3D Capture application works with Sprout's technology to create a full 3D digital model that can be manipulated. Sprout users can share 3D objects with a feature that lets others view and manipulate them in an online 3D viewer where they can rotate or resize an object to see multiple perspectives. With online sharing users can share via email, post to Facebook or other social sites."

HP is working with unnamed print services so that those models can be turned into 3D printed objects that can be mailed to Sprout owners. HP will also sell an optional accessory for the Sprout, the 3D Capture Stage, that will make it easier for the PC to scan any object. The accessory will cost $299. HP said:

"The 3D Capture Stage accessory is a turntable that serves as a platform for the objects being scanned. It automatically tilts 15-degrees while turning, to ensure all aspects of the object are captured."

Source: HP (opens in new tab)

20 Comments
  • This will be a world changer, if executed correctly
  • Dont see any use on that, if a much cheaper tecnology like old kinect woud scan not only an object, but a whole person and the whole room... And at a size of a built in webcam
  • Scan object with Sprout... Send to HoloLense...interject into augmented world... Change object to your liking... Send to 3D printer... What's not to see?
  • The Sprout does integrate a kinect-like depth sensing camera. The expense is the entire purpose-built PC, projected touch pad, and custom software. A purpose-built tool is usually much better (stability and expected performance) than a collection of general-purpose parts.
  • Agreed.
  • Nope. Even if you were a world class surgeon you'd have a hard time rotating an object in 15 degree intervals. This is all software, not a hardware innovation of any kind. What would you expect from HP?
  • Whoa! This would be amazing. I mean we can 3D scan a sprout from another sprout and make a new sprout via a 3D printer. Damn!! I just shared a billion dollar idea. :P
  • I understand your joke, but even if it were possible to print in all the materials required to make functioning electronics at the nanometer scale, the expense would be much higher than just buying the original product.
  • "Currently, the HP Sprout can scan objects but generates 2D images of them." That is not true. It DOES capture 3D images BUT not from all sides. In other words, this new update and accesorry will allow you to create 360-degree 3D captures. See this video from 6 months ago https://youtu.be/52G-3mxcwto
  • You're entire post contradicts itself lol.
  • Just watch the video and you'll see what I mean…
  • (reply to Yazen) no, capturing depth (and therefore 3d information) from one view is possible. Like a relief sculpture, it is 3d but not 360 degrees.
  • Ok
  • Ok.
  • Wow! That's cool
  • By combining this and 3D printer, we can create a 3D copier!!
  • Not really. Sprout is low resolution, and it sucks :(
    HP is getting better after the split. Maybe the Sprout 2 will have more advanced hardware instead of gimmicks
  • 15 degree angles? This feature is highly impractical without their $300 accessory! Worthless
  • You should make it "Improved 3d scanning" in the title. It already had 3d scanning, but it wasn't quite there yet.
  • Since the original article is shy on some details: The $299 accessory is the cylinder thing you see in the pictures. The Sprout is the rest of the PC, including the camera and the flat mat under the cylinder. The accessory is most likely a motorized platform that smoothly rotates 360 degrees along the z axis, but can also rotate up to 15 degrees along another axis to tilt the object being scanned, thus helping to resolve occluded features. The software update most likely is to control the rotation and tilting of the platform so that the Sprout knows the angle of the platform, which greatly simplifies the calculations needed to generate 3d from images.