Before the HP launch event unveiling HP’s two newest products: Sprout and 3D printing with Multi Jet Fusion technology, I had the incredible opportunity to test drive Sprout at the Martha Stewart Living offices in NYC.
I was one of a handful of people in the world to get my hands on HP’s newest computer before the launch party or its release date. Of course, once I spent 10 minutes on Sprout, I wanted to know when and where I could get my own.
HP asked me to create a few holiday cards using Sprout at Martha’s offices (Martha Stewart and her team assisted with Sprout’s development process before its release). So, not knowing beforehand what Sprout was or what I was in for, I brought with me to NYC a few of my favorite holiday elements straight out of my craft room, including a few Martha Stewart red glitter ribbon ornaments that I found at The Home Depot last year on sale after Christmas; cinnamon sticks/peppermint sticks/and sugar sticks (from my crafting and cookie exchange party last December), gold sparkly fabric and gold spray-painted chestnuts (used in this winter tablescape a few years ago), and the family photos we had taken a week after Wynn’s birth.
I also brought along a few of my dreidels—I have a whole assortment of dreidels that I’ve bought and received as gifts, which I display in a glass bowl every Hanukkah. I also brought along a few gold chocolate coins that we use to celebrate the Hanukkah tradition each year.
HP’s newest invention, Sprout, for the first time ever, blends the physical and digital in the same space—integrating a scanner, touch canvas, keyboard, mouse, 3D camera, and projector –all in one device.
Here’s the first card I created (in about 15 minutes), just by scanning in the gold fabric, which I used for the background of the card, and the red glitter ribbon ornament, which I resized with my fingers and dragged to the four corners of the photo.
Here’s the process.
(1) Lay the 3D objects you want to scan on the touch canvas.
I scanned in the cinnamon sticks, sugar sticks, and peppermint sticks to create a few letters and numbers for the holiday cards (see examples below). The orientation of the 3D objects you want to scan in doesn’t matter, because once Sprout scans it, you use your fingers to rotate and flip the objects around, enlarge/decrease/distort the size of the object, and drag it to any location you wish.
(2) Simply touching the camera tells the computer to take a shot of your 3D object, which is then automatically scanned into the computer.
You can edit the captured image, but I didn’t have to. I used the exact image as it was scanned in the final version of my holiday cards. Did I mention Photoshop was in no way involved….?
(3) All the scanned objects are conveniently displayed and easily accessible on the main screen. Just touch the image you want to use for your project and drag it over.
You can scroll thru using only your finger to view all the images that you’ve scanned in. Here are a few of the objects (gold-spray painted chestnuts, ornaments, dreidels, photos, fabric) that I scanned in and that, as a result, showed up in my gallery.
HP’s brilliant taglines are “Reimagine what you can do” and “Be as free as your imagination.” Sprout allowed me to take a few of my favorite holiday elements and experience them in a whole new way—by scanning them in 3D and manipulating them without the use of a camera, scanner, flash, reflector, whitebox, Photoshop, or Lightroom. In under 15 minutes.
For my next card, I lined up the dreidels on the touch canvas, scanned them in, adjusted the size, and moved the group to the bottom of my card. I did the same with the gold coins and dragged them to the top right corner of my photo. Sprout allows you to treat the objects individually or group them together.
Did I mention I made this without the use of a camera, scanner, flash, reflector, whitebox, Photoshop, or Lightroom? In under 15 minutes?
Sprout also has the same capabilities of a high-end computer, so you can easily add text to anything you create.
And here are the final two holiday cards I made:
I made the “J” with my gold-spray painted chestnuts; the “O” is a spool of gold thread (I punched out the hole with Sprout’s punch editing feature); and created the “Y” out of cinnamon, peppermint, and sugar sticks I pieced together—all objects I scanned in using Sprout.
And here’s another variation with the same elements:
Sprout’s capabilities and possibilities provide a platform that creatives such as myself, without professional training in photography or graphic design, have never had access to before. Sprout easily and quickly facilitates, in a matter of minutes, the manifestation of an idea into a reality–with only one device.
Sprout will be offered for sale beginning November 9, 2014 and available in 50 stores throughout the holidays.
Have you begun to reimagine what you can create?
Thanks so much for joining me for Unveiling of HP’s 2 Newest Products: Sprout and 3D Printing (Part II).
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