HP presents the Office of the Future: Part II

Here’s the second part of the solutions showcase of HP from the Office of the Future event. Let’s continue to see what the company has on its sleeves for the enterprise sector.

You read about the part I of the write-up here.

Table of Contents

HP Sprout

The HP Sprout was present during the showcase but unfortunately, only the 2014 variant was the demoed to us. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take away the key function of the Sprout which is 3D scanning.

HP Sprout

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The AIO is equipped with a touch display, a Touch Mat surface, and 3D scanner cameras. Simply place the object on the Touch Mat and after a few seconds, the computer generates a complete 3D scan of the object. Multiple objects can be scanned together and recognized as individual objects to tinker with.

HP Sprout w/ 3D scanned elephant

The Sprout is also capable of scanning documents and papers that can be edited right after. Indeed the device has a number of features yet it’ll be a niche application for now. But, since 3D printing is already an established field, more similar devices are more likely to be developed.

HP Pro x2 612 G2

Announced back in MWC 2017, HP’s latest Surface Pro enemy can take a beating thanks to its MIL-STD 810G specs that promise resistance to drops, water, dust, and extreme temperatures.

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HP Pro x2 612 G2 connected to two displays

Not only that, it’s got a claimed 11 hours of battery life making it ideal for field work and services. It’s a 2-in-1 device with a solid keyboard also acting as it tablet cover for protection. It can connect to monitors when working indoor for more screen real estate.

HP Pro x2 612 G2 back

One of the rare sights we get to see with devices like these is easy access to components namely the SSD. With a quick snap off the back, the HP Pro X2 shows its internals with ease and easily swap storage. This also makes it serviceable for repair.

HP mt43 Mobile Thin Client

The HP mt43 Mobile Thin Client is the “thinnest and lightest” Thin client laptop currently available. It may not be as sexy as the EliteBook x360, but for Thin client standards, this is as sexy as it gets for now. It’s got an aluminum-reinforced keyboard deck and MIL-STD 810G specs.

HP mt43 Mobile Thin Client

It has multiple security features with easy-to-use setup and deployment software. Also, there quick access to shared data that employees require which makes management of this device a breeze for IT managers.

HP MX12 Retail Solution

Lastly, HP boasts about its latest point-of-sale (POS) for retail. POS machines are already getting smaller but wouldn’t it be better to have on your hand? This what is HP MX12 Retail Solution offers. This the latest in the series and allows retail establishments to transact with ease. Customers don’t need to proceed to the counter to personally swipe or dip their card as the cashier can approach them.

HP MX12 Retail Solution in tablet mode

This also gives customers peace of mind when purchasing since the transaction happens in front of them. You can attach a third-party mobile payment device to the back of the case to accept transactions on the go, and connect it to the tablet’s USB port, accessed by the HP Retail Case 12. There’s also a fingerprint and smart card readers onboard for added enterprise security.

And that wraps up of our coverage of the Office of the Future from HP. These solutions are targeted towards small and medium businesses too, not just the big companies. Also, interested startup parties may also look into HP’s folio of solutions to keep them growing.

What HP calls “Office of the Future” can be simply summed up in one word: Hypermobility. As offices become more mobile and employees continue to balance work and personal life, mobile office solutions are here to free us from the constraints of a four corner room. If you were to design your own office, what would it be?

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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