Today on DT Daily: HP sprouts a compelling new kind of computer, Google’s cancer-sniffing pill and, nope, we didn’t get invited to buy the Ferrari Sergio, either.
The way we interface with our computers hasn’t changed much since Mac came out in 1984: you use a screen, keyboard and a mouse.
But a new machine from HP promises a rather radical departure from that old paradigm. Called the Sprout, the $1900 PC doesn’t need a mouse or keyboard, because it uses overhead projection and motion detection for operation. Think that’s cool? Dig this: That same projector system can also scan items and send them off to a co-developed 3D printer, called the HP Multi Jet Fusion.
Initial videos for the Sprout show it can be extremely versatile, and, don’t worry, if you’re not down with a projected keyboard, you can still use a real one – and a mouse – if you want to. Is the timing right for the Sprout’s hands-on operating system? Only time will tell, but props to HP for stepping well outside the box on this venture.
Google’s great for helping us find hilarious cat videos, but the search giant is into other – perhaps more productive — things, such as driverless cars, and now, a revolutionary new pill that may help determine if someone has cancer. The so-called smart pills work by releasing tiny magnetic particles that are even smaller than red blood cells into the bloodstream.
Google told the Wall Street Journal that the particles can then be directed toward different parts of the body by applying wearable magnetic devices to the skin. That way, their concentration and location could help better diagnose internal illnesses, such as cancer, risk of stroke and much more.
The particles don’t do anything to cure what ails you – at least, not yet – but we wouldn’t count that out for the future either.
Like many of you, we’re still waiting for our golden ticket to arrive from Ferrari informing us that they’re gracing us with the opportunity to give them untold millions for one of only six Sergio coupes it is building. Named for designer Sergio Pininfarina, who styled many of the Italian Supercar builder’s most famous cars before dying in 2012, the Sergio is based on the 458 Italia DT recently tested, but features swoopy new bodywork… and not much of a windshield.
The price hasn’t been revealed, but since Ferrari is only calling buyers they deem worthy, we’re thinking our holiday bonus check probably wouldn’t cover a door handle, let alone the car.
So if you’re the Sultan of Brunei and you’re watching this, better hit pause, because we think your phone might be ringing.