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1AF X99 COVER - HP SPROUT LIKE COMPUTER WITH IPAD  fig 1

 

HP invented the Sprout PC along with the latest Sprout Pro by HP G2. These computers provide users with highly visual and hands-on experiences made possible with dual multi-touch displays, a unique 20-point Touch Mat and hi-res cameras. The systems allow users to quickly capture objects in 2D and 3D using specialized HP software. It's a PC that's ready for the 3D printer era. Now a new patent recently surfacing at the U.S. Patent Office shows us that HP wants to bring Sprout to a new economical price point by bringing aspects of Sprout technology to a next-gen All-in-One (AIO) PC as our cover graphic illustrates. More importantly, the key aspect of this system that stands out is that the "second display" of this future AIO Sprout system could in fact be a user's own iPad or Android tablet. By using their own tablet that will work in sync with this desktop, the user is able to save a lot of money when compared to the more expensive Sprout Pro system.

 

HP's Patent Background

 

Many users appreciate the ability to work with two or more display devices to allow for easy comparison of documents, to allow easier copy and paste functionality between documents, and when multitasking between software applications. However, adding a number of additional display devices costs money that may not be in an individual's or business's budget. Further, adding a number of additional display devices takes up a large amount of workspace that may not be available in a home or office setting.

 

In addition, many users would also like to add touchscreen capabilities to a non-touch screen PC display device. However, users are often not willing to upgrade or replace a device at an additional cost in order to obtain touch screen capabilities.

 

Further, many users would like to scan documents or objects, but their computing system lacks either the functionality to do so or lacks a user-friendly way to scan documents or objects. Scanning devices are often slow, add processing steps to obtain a scan, and cost money. Further, these scanning devices can only scan flat documents and not three-dimensional objects.

 

HP's Invention

 

HP's invention includes systems and methods that provide a dual screen system such as a vertical screen of a personal computer and a horizontal screen such as a tablet.

 

The horizontal screen is placed on a pad. A swivel camera is provided to allow for the capture of images of objects or documents placed on a horizontal surface. When a user wants to scan a document or object, the user moves the horizontal screen away from the pad, with the tablet still maintaining connectivity and interaction capability with the personal computer. The document or object is placed on the pad where the horizontal screen was originally placed, and the system may scan the document or object. The document or object may then be displayed on the horizontal tablet screen.

 

The systems and methods provide seamless integration of a tablet computing device with a personal computer for screen mirroring and touchscreen control of the personal computer and elements displayed on the vertical screen. This adds screen real estate to the personal computer while bringing convenient touch screen functions, digital capture of documents and objects, annotation of captured images, increased mobility of the computing platform, and object recognition at a reduced cost to end users. A user desiring to work with two or more monitors to allow for easy comparison of documents, copy-and-paste functionality between documents, and multitasking between applications may benefit from the present systems and methods.

 

The present systems and methods provide a dual screen system such as a vertical screen of a personal computer and a horizontal screen of, for example, a tablet computer. The horizontal screen is placed on a pad. A swivel camera is provided to allow for the capture of images of objects or documents placed on a horizontal surface. When a user wants to scan a document or object, the user moves the horizontal screen away from the pad, with the tablet still maintaining connectivity and interaction capability with the personal computer. The document or object is placed on the pad where the horizontal screen was originally placed, and the system may scan the document or object. The document or object may then be displayed on the horizontal tablet screen.

 

The systems and methods provide seamless integration of a tablet computing device with a personal computer for screen mirroring and touchscreen control of the personal computer and elements displayed on the vertical screen. This adds screen real estate to the personal computer while bringing convenient touch screen functions, digital capture of documents and objects, annotation of captured images, increased mobility of the computing platform, and object recognition at a reduced cost to end users. A user desiring to work with two or more monitors to allow for easy comparison of documents, copy-and-paste functionality between documents, and multitasking between applications may benefit from the present systems and methods.

 

2AF X99 HP SPROUT LIKE COMPUTER WITH IPAD

The HP patent figure illustrates a system (#100) for augmenting functionality of a first computing device (#101).

 

In patent figure 2, the system for augmenting functionality of a first computing device (101) like an HP Sprout-like computer with a second computing device (#102) removed from a pad (#104).

 

HP later clarifies what the second device #102 could be: "The second computing device may utilize any operating system in including, for example, IOS (iOS) operating system developed and distributed by Apple, Inc., Android operating system developed and distributed by Google, Inc., or Windows) operating system developed and distributed by Microsoft Corporation, among other operating systems."

 

As depicted in FIG. 2, the second computing device has been removed from the pad in preparation for the imaging device to capture an image of an object. When removed from the pad the second computing device may maintain communication with the first computing device.

 

A number of image registration points (#201) may be presented on the pad. The image registration points may be used to determine the outer parameters of an image capture zone that the imaging device (#103, a camera) may use to capture an image of an object.

 

Although the image registration points are depicted in FIG. 2 as square elements printed on the pad, the image registration points may be printed or presented on the pad using any visible or non-visible ink or pigmentation.

 

HP's invention is ideal for those working at home or work that use both PC's and mobile devices from either Apple or an Android vendor who will want to scan 3D objects for either a document project or for future 3D printer.

 

HP's patent application surfaced earlier this month in the U.S. Patent Office database showing it was filed back in January 2017. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.

 

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