HP has announced a new desktop computer today that puts the traditional input methods aside and brings forward a new experience. Using a projector and overhead cameras, HP has turned your desk into a touch environment that is fully interactive.
The overhead projector puts content right in front of you and with a touch sensitive mat, allows you to interact with content in a new way. This is a new type of experience for most users as touch-based products typically require you to work directly on the display. With the Sprout, you get a second window to interact with the content and it looks quite interesting.
This is not a prototype either, HP is selling this machine right now with prices starting at $1899. For that price you will get a machine with an Intel® Core™ i7-4790S with Intel HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 745A, a 23in 1920x1080 display, 8GB of DDR RAM, 1 TB SATA drive with a 6GB SSD capacity for storage, and a plethora of I/O ports as well.
To get a better sense of how this setup works, take a look at the video above and you can see how the two screens work together to create an immersive user experience.
It's clear that HP is stepping out of the box with this machine and is moving into a new user experience but that's exactly what the company needs to do to make sure it has a market differentiator in its portfolio. HP said that this will be a limited roll-out into retail stores with select Microsoft and Best Buy locations getting the machines but there are no specifics on which locations will have demos on display.