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If this concept catches on, the Chinese and Koreans will commoditize it in a year or two. Stand by.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] potentially interesting new computer/scanner concept


> Hi, Tom,
> 
> In the specs it says its built-in projector lamp is used as the scanner 
> illumination and the video shows a band of light going down the scan.
> 
> The 3D camera appears to be a parallax type of 3D all in the little hood.
> 
> The i7 4790S has a Passmark score of about 10,000, so it's a pretty 
> capable machine. I just bought a machine with a similar processor and a 
> 256 G SSD for a non-profit (grant project) to do video oral history 
> editing (by students, not me).
> 
> My two hotshot desktops run around 6,000 Passmark scores and the top of 
> the line Pentium 4s ran about 500.
> 
> You ask a lot of good questions.
> 
> The buzz on the street is that dedicated scanners are going away now 
> that we have 24 and 36 MP DSLRs. Most of the people doing document 
> imaging are using DSLRs or mirrorless digital cameras these days, it seems.
> 
> I expect the Sprout to be expensive and a way that HP is trying to go 
> against Mac and also create a high-value product that will rise above 
> commodity PCs.
> 
> The integration may intrigue some, I don't feel it's necessary for many 
> of us, but it certainly looked fast to use.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Richard
> 
> 
> 
> On 2014-11-04 8:34 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> The HP Sprout:
>> http://sprout.hp.com/
>>
>> Of course they don't give the full scanning-area dimensions, only "20
>> inches wide", but I noted that the surface cover sheet sold seperately
>> is 22" by 16", indicating to me that it also covers the border areas,
>> and thus the scanning area is likely 20" by 14". If that is the case,
>> this may be a very quick and convenient way to scan LP covers, magazine
>> pages, book text, etc. Flatbed scanners are great, but time consuming. I
>> say this as one who has scanned hundreds of LP covers the old-fashioned
>> way.
>>
>> One thing I wondered about right off is, how much does ambient light
>> effect the scan quality? Must you have exactly-placed light sources as
>> you would using a camera stand (the big turnoff about that method).? Or,
>> does this thing have some sort of system where it ignores ambient light
>> and only uses whatever light frequency is put out by its LEDs?
>>
>> I'm also not clear how it's a "3D scanner," as the way its demonstrated
>> in the video indiates nothing like full 3D scanner functionality (360
>> degree scanning, fractal modelling, etc).
>>
>> -- Tom Fine
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