HP’s Sprout Brings a standalone Z 3D Camera
If you’re a big fan or user of 3D or take advantage of Windows’ mixed reality creation tools, it’s a must-have accessory.
With dual touch surfaces and other perks for dedicated content creation, HP’sis a nice turnkey solution for some people. But not everyone wants to buy an entire system just for its 3D capture capabilities or don’t even need it for traditional 3D work. So HP has spun off the 3D capture hardware from it into a standalone or hang alone camera. You can mount on a monitor to snap overhead shots or videos of your workspace or capture 3D objects.
As the name indicates, the Z 3D camera remains part of HP’s workstation products rather than the consumer products. At $599 it’s not exceptionally cheap, but it seems like a pretty reasonable price (which directly converts to about £440 and AU$765).
The Z 3D Camera looks identical to the top portion of the original Sprout PCs, and even though it’s called Z. The camera is shaped more like an L. It sticks to the top of your PC’s monitor with its included magnetic badge. It can capture and digitize objects in front of your PC. Since the Z is an accessory, HP scaled the technology down in the sense that the Z 3D Camera doesn’t come with the Touch Mat. It does not include the original’s light projector. It’s the same technology and includes a 14.6MP 2D camera and a 3D depth-sensing camera featuring an IR diffractive optical element projector.
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 graphicsThe HP Z 3D Camera is compatible with HP Z and E monitors. Since it’s fully compatible with Windows 10, the Z should work on other brands of monitors as well. But HP notes that the company has not tested the device on other monitors.