Word is spreading across the web that HP plans to reveal a new type of device called Sprout at an event in New York on October 29. The product is basically an all-in-one device that features a large flatscreen display with a flat-touch enabled work surface and an overhead assembly that combines a projector and a 3D scanner. The device lets you scan objects in 3D and then allows you to manipulate the 3D object with your hands or a stylus.
The overhead device projects images downward onto the work surface, which users can manipulate with their hands or with a stylus. They can resize pictures, move elements around and change colors. They can also easily add new elements to the image by scanning objects or other images directly on the work surface. This is where the overhead 3-D scanner comes into play. Adding an image of any object is as easy as placing it on the work surface where it can be scanned and then included in whatever the user is working on.