HP Sprout or, Where I Will be Spending All of my Time From Now on

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This post is sponsored by HP and I am so excited about it, so read it.

Every once in a while a piece of technology is bestowed upon us regular humans and is so extraordinary that you take one look at it and scream, ” GAME CHANGER!”

Ladies and germs, I present to you: the HP Sprout.

Beautiful HP Sprout

This thing is so fun and cool, and not just because of the giant shipping box that Beckett has been enamored with for hours on end. It allows you to create seamlessly and intuitively in one work area, and you get to use your hands and a stylus so you’re not limited by just using an awkward mouse.

Here’s what it is- a desktop computer with a scanner/projector on top. There’s a work mat that attaches to the base of the computer, and then you have your keyboard, mouse, and the best stylus I’ve ever used.

It’s s breeze to set up and magically walks you through each step and even shows you a couple of short videos so you get an idea of what you can do. Watch this video from HP if you want to get a better feel for what it offers overall, or just jump down and see the first project we made with it!

When I first started playing with the Sprout, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make- I had a million ideas flying around in my head. You know when you try a new art medium for the first time, and you’re sort of paralyzed by all the possibilities? So I just dove in and started experimenting.

After I saw how easy it was to scan and manipulate 3D objects, I ran to the grocery store and bought way too much produce. The produce section is a visual wonderland when you’re choosing for shapes and colors rather than taste. Here’s what I made:

bananahead foodface1 guy mushroomalien

And then my sidekick Beckett hopped on and made these:

eggface foodface2 pepperbody platenegg

playingonhpsprout

And he’s 5. You all can finally make really cool things that only the fancy Photoshop set could make previously. Think: beautiful image collages like you see in magazines, hilarious doctored photos of your husband in a prom dress, lovely invites, gift tags, cards, multilayered web images, drawings, etc. etc. etc.

See what I mean about intuitive? And this is just one small idea for what you can do with this.

Here is a brief tutorial on how to make these, and I ingeniously set it up so you only see my arm and not my unshowered, yoga pants self:

I’m not kidding when I say I can’t stay off of this bad boy- keep your eyes peeled for the next Sprout post coming soon!

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2 Comments

  1. 01/29/2015 / 6:48 pm

    Wow, this thing is so cool, techy and futuristic! Love the banana smile! And I watched the entire video so I could hear your voice live. And I am totally with you on the not showering and showing my face as I would feel the same!

    • 01/31/2015 / 7:50 am

      It really IS futuristic- sort of looks like an alien, which probably inspired my mushroom alien. Isn’t my voice to die for? I can always pick up my Western NY accent that I tried so hard to avoid growing up. Ah well, I guess we all hate our own voices. Except for James Earl Jones. I just caught myself staring out into space, wondering who else wouldn’t hate their own voice. Time to go get another tea…

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