Think of HP's Sprout as a creativity center for the 3D era. The all-in-one Windows PC lets you turn solid objects into 3D models by using a Digital Light Processing (DLP) micro-projector, Intel's RealSense 14.6-megapixel 3D camera, a 23-in. touch display and a 20-in. "touch mat" that sits on a flat surface and acts as your workspace.
Inside, Sprout has a powerful 3.2GHz Core i7 processor, a 1TB hard drive, 8GB RAM and a high-performance Nvidia GeForce GT 745A graphics card with 2GB of dedicated video memory.
Once it is set up, Sprout is easy to use: Just put an object on the touch mat and scan it. Once it is scanned, remove the object -- you can now drag 3D images of the item from the display to the touch mat and manipulate them there, while watching the effects of your changes on the display. Switch colors, stretch or shrink an element, rotate your object, add text or a background -- the effects are amazing. You can create, work with and output anything from a model of a coffee mug to the part you need to finish your world-conquering robot.
While the Sprout is available now, it should really come into its own later this year when HP adds a matching 3D printer for turning virtual objects into real ones.
Direct price: $1,900