HP's Sprout all-in-one PCs have always been intriguing: They're ideal 3D capture machines, thanks to their unique cameras. But they're also inconvenient if you already have a powerful computer and monitor of your own. That's where the new Z 3D camera comes in. HP basically ripped out the 3D capture feature from the Sprout Pro and turned it into a portable accessory that can be attached to almost any monitor (as long as it has a flat back). It'll let VR artists and other 3D creators easily capture real-world objects, without needing to invest in a specialized PC.
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Additionally, you'll also be able to capture 2D documents and collaborate over live video with the Z 3D camera. Of course, it can't fit in all of the features from the Sprout computers. There's no desk projection, and consequently none of the unique multitouch features that take advantage of that. But it could still be useful for anyone who needs to add 3D capture to their workflow. Since it's just an accessory, you can buy one and use it across several machines in your office or studio. While we don't have many specifics to go on, HP says it'll scan objects with "computer-graphics-friendly resolutions," and it'll offer individual texture maps for physical-based rendering and VR.
Unfortunately, we also don't know how much the Z 3D Camera will cost, or when it'll be available.
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