HP’s Sprout all-in-one was a behemoth when it launched, and its second iteration, the Sprout Pro G2, wasn’t any different. Both PCs done 3D scanning easier by incorporating a down-facing camera atop the display and a Touch Mat that almost acts as a second display. To compare their power, both Sprout PCs are impossibly vast and expensive, labelled at $3,750 and higher. At CES, HP introduced the $599 Z 3D Camera, which fundamentally takes the 3D camera record from the strange inclination and packages it as a PC appendage rather than a full, all-in-one device.
The Z 3D Camera looks matching to the top apportionment of the strange Sprout PCs, and even yet it’s called Z, the camera is done some-more like an L. It sticks to the top of your PC’s guard with its enclosed captivating badge so it can capture and record objects in front of your PC. Since the Z is an accessory, HP scaled the record down in the clarity that the Z 3D Camera doesn’t come with the Touch Mat that the Sprout PCs do, nor does it embody the original’s light projector. Otherwise, it’s the same record and includes a 14.6MP 2D camera and a 3D depth-sensing camera featuring an IR diffractive visual component projector.
In the brief demo we received, the differences in using the Z 3D Camera and the Sprout PC were minimal. Placing an intent or a request on the indicate pad and using the concomitant program will prompt the 3D camera to scan, capture, and record whatever is underneath it. It supports 3D SLAM tracking in genuine time and can be used in VR applications. The camera also maintains albedo, displacement, and normal map that are render-ready.
The Z 3D Camera uses HP Worktools like the Sprout PC, which is the company’s apartment of programs that let you capture, edit, and control 2D and 3D images. In further to VR applications, the 3D images taken by the Z 3D Camera can be extrinsic into Powerpoint presentations and other updated Windows programs that support 3D images.
The biggest disproportion lies in not having the Touch Mat when using the Z 3D Camera—with a unchanging Sprout PC, the Touch Mat acts like a second touchscreen, permitting you to name options, pierce digitized images around in your workspace, and more. It radically provides some-more digital space, which is accessible but not wholly required even when scanning 2D and 3D images.
The enclosed light projector in Sprout PCs improves the speed and peculiarity of capturing and deciphering 3D images. However, the Z 3D Camera didn’t take that much longer to indicate an intent in my demo, and its palm rejecting (which lets it capture the intent you’re holding and not your hands) was solid. A well-lit workspace is the best place to use the Z 3D Camera or a Sprout, regardless of either or not that light comes from a projector.
A $3,000 PC like the Sprout Pro G2 is a outrageous investment, quite when the patron may only be purchasing it for the camera’s capabilities. HP has done a smart decision by branch that record into an appendage with the Z 3D Camera—users now have entrance to those 2D and 3D scanning facilities but investing thousands of dollars into a new PC. However, you still need a absolute PC to use the Z 3D Camera many effectively.
HP recommends using the camera with a PC that has the following specs:
- Intel Core i7-4709S or higher
- 16GB RAM
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M or better graphics (you will need an Nvidia GPU to do any 3D rendering)
The HP Z 3D Camera is concordant with HP Z and E monitors. Since it’s entirely concordant with Windows 10, the Z should work on other brands of monitors as well. But HP records that the company has not tested the device on other monitors.
The Z 3D Camera will be accessible starting in Mar for $599.
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