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Breaking down blended reality

Breaking down blended reality

February 2015

We recently introduced the concept of blended reality and gave ideas for how using the technology could benefit your business. Now it’s time to get into not only how the technology works, but what products will be able to take advantage of it.
A whole new world of possibilities
How we interact with technology and the world around us is about to change. Until recently, our capabilities have been restricted by the gap that currently exists between our physical and digital worlds. Blended reality aims to solve that problem by merging the two worlds—allowing us to grab things, mash things, send things—in ways that make our creations even better and streamline workflows.
Blended reality is more than an idea. It’s a promise, a vision that can define the future, and empower people to create, interact, and inspire like never before. It’s the humanization of technology.
The best of both worlds
Technology has just begun to harness the power of blended reality. One such example is sprout by HP. Part creativity station, part fully-functioning PC, at its core sprout takes you from thought to expression in an instant. But how does it do it?
Powered by Windows 8.1, sprout allows you to instantly capture real world objects using the HP Touch Mat—a 20” diagonal, 20-point touch-enabled mat—and the HP Illuminator, an HP High-Resolution Camera with up to 14.6 megapixel resolution, and Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera. Multiple cameras make it possible to photograph an object in your hand, for example, and capture all the information you need to generate a 3D rendering onscreen—and eventually, to print it in 3D as well.
Make it work for you

  • Reimagine how you can sell—Collaborate with your customers by demonstrating and adapting to different sales opportunities to close the deal even faster.
  • Reimagine how (and what) you can present—sprout is a fully-functional PC that enables you to blend imagery and your ideas into more powerful presentations, with just the flick of a finger.

Additionally, the built-in projector projects a second display onto your desk that can capture content, as well as act like a mouse and keyboard, and the 1080p HD 23” display has a touch-sensitive panel, mic, and webcam.
3D printing: not just a gimmick
Over the last few years the perception of 3D printing has changed from being a tool only useful for quickly designing and making one-off prototypes, to that of an affordable and accessible asset for businesses. 3D printing, sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing—creating an object layer by layer—uses technology similar to traditional paper printing, but instead of a two-dimensional output, it produces physical objects.
Over time, dripping water creates layers upon layers of mineral deposits, eventually resulting in stalagmites and stalactites. Although the process of 3D printing is much faster, the concept is similar. The plans for the object are sent by computer, directing the 3D printer to add each layer as a precise cross-section of the final object.
The shapes of things to come
As 3D printing technology continues to advance, it will become more affordable, making it a more widely adopted option for businesses. HP Multi Jet Fusion™ is a new technology built on decades of investment in HP’s assets in inkjet printing, inks and jettable agents, precision low-cost mechanics, and material science. This technology offers control over part and material properties beyond those found in other 3D printing processes.
Expected to be available in early 2016, HP Multi Jet Fusion technology has the potential to modify material properties to produce controlled-variability in mechanical and physical characteristics within a part. This can enable a host of new possibilities in the design and performance of parts built by 3D printing, and enable a product 10 times faster than anything currently on the market, with better quality and strength, all at a lower cost [1].
The business benefits of blended reality and 3D printing are evolving almost as quickly as the technology itself. No longer will creativity be limited by our technology. Now, the technology we use will knock down barriers and enable all of us to take our ideas to a new dimension.
Start working with blended reality today
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[1] HP Matter, The Maker in All of Us, Fall 2014
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