HP embraces 3D capabilities for Microsoft’s Creators Update

By | November 20, 2016

At HP Inc., our vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone everywhere.

Millennials are reshaping the workforce in a number of important ways. They’re collaborative, creators, use their devices in surprising ways that blur the lines between work and personal life and embrace 3D experiences.

This is why we are excited to collaborate with Microsoft to enable a new set of 3D experiences across our future platforms. Microsoft’s announcements today around 3D capabilities in Windows 10 will change the way people create, communicate, learn and play by blending mixed reality with the real world. At HP, we see these new 3D capabilities as an amazing platform to build solutions for makers and creators.

When combined with Windows Holographic experiences, the upcoming Creators’ Update to Windows 10 will help us achieve another major milestone in our vision for Blended Reality as we fully embrace the 3D capabilities coming to the Windows OS. We are excited to share how HP will enable 3D and VR experiences on HP devices and how this will complement our 3D print vision for creators.

By bringing together HP’s hardware with Windows 10 operating system, the two companies will enable 3D and VR experiences never seen before. Now, with Microsoft’s announcement, HP will embrace these new 3D capabilities in Windows 10 as part of our Blended Reality strategy for the masses by making this available across a wide spectrum of solutions and price points – stay tuned for more details. For example, during Microsoft’s event today, the company demonstrated on an HP Elite X3 how you could scan a ship model using 3D capture using the standard RGB cameras.

Over the past three years, our collaboration has focused on Blended Reality products, including Sprout by HP, which created an altogether new device category that merges the digital and physical worlds. Sprout is the first vision of a future no longer constrained by a single rectangular display and is a prime example of our commitment to power 3D experiences for creators. In addition, we have been helping our creative professional and design customers for over three decades solve the most difficult 3Dworkflow challenges.

As part of the Microsoft announcement, its Mixed Reality vision goes well beyond 3D capture to also include Windows Holographic where VR experiences will be at the core of Windows moving forward. We plan to engineer and optimize PCs and Workstations for this platform starting with systems that ship in the Creators Update timeframe. We are doing this because we believe this will change the way people interact with both their home and work personal systems, transforming entertainment, gaming and professional workflows.

To deliver a complete solution, HP is announcing our plans to offer a new VR head mounted display (HMD) designed and optimized for Windows Holographic. One of our favorite things about Windows Holographic is that it enables a new approach to positional tracking for VR.

It uses technology enabled first on Microsoft HoloLens to create a 3D map that eliminates the need for external tracking hardware that are a part of today’s high-end VR systems. For the first time, customers can experience VR with six degrees of freedom by removing the bounds of physical space.

Gamers and users can simply setup VR anywhere with a holographic capable HP system. When paired with the OMEN X VR backpack, the increased capability to move anywhere is now a reality. The elimination of external tracking hardware reduces the cost of the hardware. At a starting price of $299, we know that this will make VR affordable for more customers, and more customers means a healthier ecosystem of content and applications.

3D content and print capabilities for Creators Update
It is also important to note, that both Sprout and the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution use the same 3MFstandard for storing 3D content as Windows. In fact, the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution is the first 3D printer to be fully compliant with this industry-leading 3MF standard. When used together, Sprout provides the most effective “on ramp” to bring 3D content into Windows 10 and our HP Jet Fusion 3D printers provide the speed and part quality to bring 3D digital content back to the physical world.

Some customers may choose to buy their own Sprout, while others can find Sprout in schools, universities, libraries and museums. HP is updating Sprout’s native software to optimize it for 3D capabilities in Windows. This work combined with our David Vision 3D Technology, will make Sprout the best 3D scanner for the new version of Windows 10. Similarly, as our 3D printers support the new 3D capabilities in Windows, we will create tools and extensions to make it easy to output 3D content to the HP Jet Fusion 3D printers.

The ability to create and produce parts using 3D technology should not be limited to large commercial customers with the resources to own their own fleet of HP Jet Fusion 3D printers. Access to HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology and the 3D capabilities in Windows will be possible at service bureaus with online consumer communities via strategic 3D partners such as Shapeways and Materialise.

Today’s announcements lay out a clear vision for mixed reality in Windows and we are beyond thrilled to make this blended reality a reality on our roadmap. As we collaborate with Microsoft to define a platform, it is important to share our plans to help the ecosystem be ready when we have product availability in 2017 in time to support the Creators Update release.  I look forward to updating you along the way.

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