Published: January 03, 2017

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 At HP, innovation is a cycle of constant reinvention.

New products – whether an upgrade of a previous version or the first in a new brand – are born from an innovation cycle that’s powered by customer insights. Whether that insight comes from researching market trends, studying user habits or responding to other technologies, we’re constantly looking at ways to innovate and make an experience with one of our products better.

This week, during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we’re putting that innovation cycle into the spotlight with updates to some of our key products, including the 15” HP Spectre x360 laptop and the ENVY Curved 34" All-in-One PC.

While some of the changes we’ve introduced are bold and others are subtle, each update is made for a specific reason and thoughtfully integrated to make an already good experience even better.

 

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The new 15” HP Spectre x360 laptop, announced this week, is an example of that innovation cycle at work. By listening to customers, we knew that 65 percent of them prefer 15-inch displays and that 93 percent prefer the Ultra HD, or 4K, resolution.

 To address and anticipate the needs of customers, we added an NVIDIA 940MX discrete graphics chip that increased the height of the laptop by a mere 1.9mm – or the thickness of a nickel – and included a larger battery, too. We also included the Fast Charge technology that juices the battery to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

We also know that customers like the freedom that comes with using a stylus pen, so we are using a panel with Ink Certification for N-trig pen to ensure more seamless interactions, whether taking notes, marking up PDFs, drawing or browsing without leaving fingerprints.

Meanwhile, we also reduced the laptop’s overall footprint. With 97 percent of users preferring a thin bezel or no bezel at all, we shifted to a “micro-edge display” design that reduced the bezel width by 70 percent, now only 4.65mm thin on both sides.

Finally, customers told us how much they loved the Ash Silver color on earlier products so the Spectre x360 sports a fully CNC machined aluminum chassis in Ash Silver with copper accents – and made that color an option on a new 13” version, too.

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HP ENVY 34" Curved All-in-One

When it comes to premium all-in-one PCs, we also know a few things about usage and users.

In the home, an all-in-one becomes a focal point in the living room and a digital hub for the family, a place where people store their photos and music and watch movies. That means, for some consumers, it needs to look just as good as it works.20160804_HPI_LA_SCHUMI_SHOT3_391.jpg

The HP ENVY 34-inch Curved All-in-One announced this week does just that, adding a wider curved display and even more improvements to the 27-inch ENVY AIO announced earlier this year.

Because the screen is curved, we were able to taper the edges even more, giving it a near-invisible look. The Micro-Edge border around the display is almost non-existent, just 10.5mm wide on the sides and top and 14mm on the bottom.

And when you consider that the graceful die cast neck almost disappears when its chrome polish meets ambient light, it creates the impression of a floating display.

The display itself is an Ultra WQHD panel with almost 5 million pixels, or 40 percent more than a Full HD display, and a 178-degree viewing angle. According to experts, the blue light emitted from the screen can make viewers more restless at night, so we've included a filter option in the screen controls to reduce it.

But the ENVY 34 Curved AIO is also a PC, and that means customers want the latest technologies and connectivity ports, like the USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port that’s been added. 

Pop-up web camera.Pop-up web camera.Even user security is part of the updates. When users told us that they were concerned about webcam security, we designed the HD IR Privacy Camera so that it pops up on a spring mechanism when it’s needed. When it’s no longer needed, the user just presses it down to hide it and make sure no one can spy on them via the camera.

With every product we release, we keep learning and keep innovating so that the experience with HP products gets better every time.

Other updates to the 2016 Premium Holiday portfolio include:

  • The Spectre x360 13.3” now offers 4K display and Intel Iris Graphics options with the added choice Ash Silver with Copper accents. It is also Windows Ink Certified.
  • The HP ENVY 13.3” laptop gives customer the choice of Modern Gold in addition to Silver finishes.
  • The HP ENVY All-in-One 27” now offers 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i processors and a 4K display option.

Reinvention through innovation is the HP way and it ensures that with every new product, the experiences are always getting better.CES_CTA_Combo_Logo_1.jpg

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Published: January 19, 2017

 

 Reporting this week from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is the below post jointly written by Stephen Nigro, President, 3D Printing business at HP and Shane Wall, Chief Technology Officer at HP and Global Head of HP Labs. Get all the news from Davos, which continues through January 20th, by following #WEF17.

 

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In the 18th century, it wasn’t clear how the new technologies of water and steam power that were driving early industry would affect the then-largely rural societies of Europe and America. It took about a century before the term “Industrial Revolution” was coined.

By that time, the mechanization of production was well under way, along with the beginnings of a middle class. Meanwhile, the seeds of mass production, which would become the Second Industrial Revolution, were sown. The effects of that electricity-driven transformation — affordable goods and solid assembly-line jobs supporting a secure middle class — would not be fully revealed for decades. Then, in the mid-20th century, electronics and information technology ushered in the Third Industrial Revolution of automation, remaking the world once again. This time, however, the impact was felt within a few years, not decades or centuries.

Today, we are on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution — and its impact is being felt even before it’s fully under way. This transformation, built on the blending of the physical and digital worlds, will have profound consequences across industries, business, finance and government. That’s why it’s a leading topic at this week’s annual gathering of global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“One of the features of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is that it doesn’t change what we are doing, but it changes us,” said Klaus Schwab, executive director of the Davos event.

How will it change your life?

 

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We’re living in a world that’s still experiencing the effects — both good and bad — from the previous industrial revolutions. Our cities are more crowded, globalization has shifted work to the far corners of the planet, and technology has been integrated into every facet of our lives, from social interactions to healthcare. 

The next step for technology will be for computing to become immersive, the way energy and water are delivered to us today. Instead of running our lives from PCs on our desks or smartphones in our pockets, we’ll be guided through the day by technology that’s integrated into everyday objects, like the jewelry we wear, the windshields on our cars and even the buildings where we work and play. These devices will not only be useful tools but will also collect data, further powering and fine-tuning artificial intelligence in a virtuous cycle.

The daily route from home to office in a self-driving car, for instance, will be determined autonomously by the vehicle, based on traffic and other data. Time that was once lost to gridlock can be put to better use.3DP CONCEPTUAL.JPG

 At the office, people will no longer scour through information to make decisions. Instead, artificial intelligence will analyze and synthesize data more efficiently than any human could and present it in more useful ways than on a computer screen. Through virtual reality, an engineer might be transported inside a jet engine to see a problem firsthand. Doctors examining an X-ray will see treatment options layered onto the document through augmented reality — a literal blending of our physical and digital worlds.

 

Reinventing manufacturing

The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be even greater behind the scenes of the economy, where the blending of the digital and physical will remake how goods are manufactured and distributed. The digital will become the physical with the touch of a button. 

3D PRINTED PART1.jpgFor years, 3D printers have been used to create prototypes and small parts. With the introduction of the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer, physical parts can now be created 10 times faster and half the cost of previous systems. We’re on the path to manufacturing products from digital files that can be transmitted anywhere in the world, allowing goods to flow nearly as efficiently as ideas do today across the internet.

Designers and engineers will be able to work from anywhere, freed from the constraints of traditional manufacturing techniques such as injection molding. Instead, they’ll design products with an unprecedented degree of granularity and precision, making it possible to manufacture goods that simply cannot be made today.

And once those digital files are transmitted, they can be adjusted for local or personal needs before production. For consumers, this technology promises, for the first time, both mass production and mass personalization. Imagine ordering a shoe that’s not just your size but precisely tailored for your feet.

Digitization of manufacturing also promises faster improvement cycles. After all, a digital file is much easier to change than a mold or an assembly line. Shifts in style, demand or functionality will be turned around instantly.

This efficiency of production will create opportunities, too. Manufacturing jobs that had been outsourced will be needed closer to where the final products will be offered, purchased and consumed.

New businesses will be created to support the 3D manufacturing ecosystem. Even in today’s early stages, an open ecosystem is being built to identify sustainable materials from which parts and products will eventually be manufactured. HP is working with partners across multiple industries to find materials to use in digital manufacturing.

 

Changing the world  for the better

It should be no surprise, then, that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a major theme of this year’s World Economic Forum. The shift from shipping materials and products back and forth around the globe to local sourcing and manufacturing has huge implications for trade, taxation and regulations. What is an export or import when the “product” only exists as digital file? How should it be taxed? What policies need to be invented?

 The $12 trillion manufacturing industry and its global supply are likely to be disrupted. The first savings from more local manufacturing, both economic and environmental, will be the 5 percent of the world’s oil supply that now goes to the mere shipment of goods. Products also can be constructed with materials that are reusable after consumption, minimizing waste. And there will be no need to warehouse unsold products if demand declines since they’ll only be built when needed.

Economists describe this change as a decoupling of economic growth from the world’s limited resources. It’s nothing less than the creation of an environmentally friendly future — a historic benefit for all residents of Earth.

The next Industrial Revolution won’t just change the world. It will sustain it.

  

Published: January 06, 2017

 

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LAS VEGAS – Given the magnitude of the International Consumer Electronics Show, which tends to overtake Las Vegas during its annual week-long run, many of the 20,000 or so new products unveiled during the week have to battle for attention and headlines.

That’s why it was such an honor for HP products – notably, the HP Spectre 13 – to be a recipient of a CES 2017 Innovation Award.

The new premium laptop, which was announced just before the show opened, was named among the “Best of Innovations” winners in the computer hardware and software category. Honorees on the Best of Innovations list are defined as "a product or technology that scores above the threshold set for a specific category," according to the Consumer Technology Association, which curates the multi-category roundup of noteworthy gadgets that made a splash at the annual trade show.

Among the myriad gadgets named by the CTA (among them a VR drone, a smart dog collar and wearables galore), the Spectre stood out as a device that “boldly redefines the notebook category.” The CTA noted that it was designed “to be the best notebook ever made” for the customer that “wants cutting edge technology in the thinnest form factor ever.”

Additionally, the HP All-in-One, HP ENVY Curved All-in-One, HP Elite x3 mobility platform, and HP Spectre x360 were given honorable mentions in computer hardware and component categories, while the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock and HP Sprocket Photo Printer were featured in the computer peripherals and digital imaging categories.
ENVY Curved 34-inch All-in-One : "Will stand out before you even switch it on.”ENVY Curved 34-inch All-in-One : "Will stand out before you even switch it on.”Although not official awards, a few other notable lists have included HP products as CES standouts.

The Sprout Pro G2, an all-in-one PC that includes both a 2D and 3D scanner, as well as a projector, cameras and a touch mat with stylus for scanning and customizing objects, was among CNET’s roundup of “cool new devices at CES.”

CNET editor Xiomara Blanco got some hands-on time with the Sprout Pro and came away with the impression that it’s “pretty damn cool.”

“I never thought I'd be so mesmerized by a machine that can digitally render a toy frog quicker than it takes to order a deli sandwich,” she wrote.

Tech reviewers also had nice things to say about HP’s new ENVY Curved 34-inch all-in-one desktop, which TrustedReviews.com’s Michael Passingham called “one of the finest looking desktop PCs around” with an industrial design that “will stand out before you even switch it on.”

Consumer products from HP weren’t the only ones worth a mention. Channel news publication CRN.com named HP’s new EliteBook x360, the world’s thinnest convertible business laptop, on its initial list of the “most important product announcements” at CES.

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Published: January 05, 2017

 

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LAS VEGAS - The International Consumer Electronics Show has always been about the future, even if it’s a future consumers can’t yet envision.

But for all the hype around drones, self-driving cars, hoverboards and other futuristic products, CES is still very much about the devices we use at work and at home every day. 

File_001.jpegConsider the themes around products on display this week at the “HP House,” a demo lounge at the Aria Resort and Casino. HP is showcasing new products for 2017 as well as its best-of lineup from 2016 during the week of CES.

Mobility, home office features and work tools are central themes, but so are gaming and creativity – an indicator that the devices being used at work and at home are converging and that design matters.

“We’re seeing a blurring of lines between commercial and consumer,” said Ben Skousen, product manager for displays at HP.

Displays, for example, are becoming hubs for living rooms or home offices. They can be tapped for any number of needs in a given day, such as an after-hours video conference call, a collaborative homework session, or family movie night. 

File_002.jpeg And because they tend to live in prominent locations within the home, these displays have to look as good as they perform, Skousen said. Devices such as the HP Spectre x360, HP ENVY 34” curved AiO, and the OMEN X 35” curved display, which use premium hardware finishes, have super-slim bezels and high-end 4K resolution screens.

“We make these devices as immersive as possible so they can blend into the background of whatever you are doing,” he said. “Even when powered off, these displays are in your house and should be an expression of your personal style.”

When it comes to desktops, HP is making a splash with all-in-one devices that enable productivity, creativity and collaboration.  
File_000 (1).jpegTake the recently announced second-gen Sprout Pro. It's all about reinvention – of a product, of markets, tools and features. At the HP House, Sprout’s product managers highlighted the major hardware and software updates that are powering HP’s Blended Reality 3D experiences on the world’s first immersive PC.

The revamped Sprout Pro enables a more seamless workflow, greater productivity and new commercial use cases, said Sarah Clevinger, product manager for Immersive Computing at HP. Specifically, HP sees the Sprout Pro resonating with manufacturers, retailers and schools.

“We’re moving from just selling hardware to creating solutions,” she said.CES_CTA_Combo_Logo_1.jpg

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Published: January 04, 2017

 

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Every so often, a new product comes along and offers a new experience, something that goes beyond our imaginations. For HP, that was Sprout, a device that’s part PC, part scanner and part projector, built around the idea that the physical and digital worlds can be blended to open the door to new possibilities.

Admittedly, the concept of merging the two worlds – a process we refer to as Immersive Computing – can be tough for users to comprehend, forcing them to think about real-life applications where the experience could have an impact. Even the inventors themselves don’t always know what to make of their creations. They often imagine one purpose, then quickly discover the market envisions something else. So, they listen, adapt and sometimes reinvent the recently invented. 

“The first product always has to be somewhat of an experiment,” said Brad Short, HP technologist and inventor of the original Sprout by HP. “We do as much as we can in user testing before releasing a product. But until it goes out in the wild and you get user data and real-life feedback, you don't know exactly where it's going or what features will be picked-up and what will resonate with customers."

This week, ahead of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, HP unveiled a refreshed Sprout - called Sprout Pro by HP G2 – just two years after it was introduced as a consumer blended reality device and one year after its launch as a commercial unit. The new model sports a more attractive industrial design and a host of enticing features. 

Sprout_Pro_by_HP_Forward_Facing_HR_tcm245_2385103_tcm245_2385012_tcm245-2385103.jpgBut more importantly, it comes with an intensified focus on commercial applications – primarily based on the real-life feedback that gave the inventors some insight about the product’s sweet spot.   

What Short and HP heard was that, while consumers were interested in the idea of blending and manipulating 2D and 3D content with Sprout, educators and businesses saw a much bigger upside for the product.

Teachers told us they wanted to use Sprout’s overhead cameras, scanners and projectors to present a blend of physical and digital content to students while enabling more cross-school collaboration. Retailers were interested in embedding Sprout in self-service kiosks that could be used to personalize customer experiences. And manufacturers imagined using Sprout to manage operations and maintain quality control on factory floors.

The feedback helped us to understand the commercial possibilities for Sprout, inspiring us to go back to the drawing board to tackle Sprout’s reinvention. Education, in particular, has huge potential, Short said.

“It introduces students to the notion of 3D, he said. “To be able to scan something quickly and generate custom 3D content that they can manipulate is so immersive and instantaneous that it allows the learning process to be more immediate, to understand why that would be of value. Whole curriculums are now being created around that.”

Sprout Pro G2 is a full redesign of Sprout, intended to appeal to schools and businesses. It’s now sleeker and smaller to fit on most desktops. Resolution on its two monitors – a standard upright and a horizontal Touch Mat – has been aligned with both at near-1080p specs. And the old passive stylus has been replaced with an Active Pen, allowing pressure sensitive digital inking for annotation and design. HP also added several software improvements, including tighter Windows 10 integration and Workspace tools for capturing 2D and 3D content and sharing it with third-party apps.

Short said much of the work on Sprout Pro G2 happened on the back end – with technical tweaks to make operating systems and applications work better together to improve user experience. In the end, all the improvements are about removing obstacles and enabling schools and businesses to work with digital and physical content as part of their core activities.

And of course, as they do that, HP will watch, learn and take guidance from these innovators.

“The first generation of Sprout served the purpose of painting a picture or vision of what this step function in computing might look like where you are blending physical and digital content,” said Short. “With Sprout by HP G2, we’re taking that vision to the next level as part of a re-invention journey that is never-ending.”CES_CTA_Combo_Logo_1.jpg

 

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