Need a new computer? HP has a very interesting one for you. Apple Pay’s main competitor just got hacked and LG is thinking of making transparent displays. Keep reading for more details!
Looking for a computer that is unlike any other? There’s a plethora of unique desktops and laptops out there, but none of them are quite like the HP Sprout. HP’s new all-in-one computer is a bit of an oddity, though.
In essence, it’s an all-in-one computer that can 3D scan real-life products and let you manipulate the digital versions by using your hands. You can also use the included touch mat to control the interface and type.
As you expected, it won’t be cheap. It is priced at $1899.99, which includes an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, Windows 8.1, a 23-inch 1080p display and more. You can pre-order it now and it starts shipping on November 9th.
Opinion: Of course, what really makes this computer different is its features, which may make it a great tool for creative users and designers. It’s definitely for a niche market, which explains the specs and price point.
CurrentC is currently not very popular, as it’s a mobile payment solution that hasn’t been launched yet. Many of you may recognize the name, though. It made the rounds around the news this week because it competes directly with Apple Pay, and companies supporting CurrentC have been dropping Apple Pay support.
Here’s a bad start – it seems CurrentC has already been hacked! Emails have been going out to beta testers, stating the situation. CurrentC swears the attackers only managed to get “some of their emails”.
Opinion: So this is not really a horrible breach and all users need to do is watch out for weird emails. Regardless, it doesn’t look good for a mobile payments app that is barely starting to get this kind of press. I mean, users will be trusting them with their money.
Flexible displays are cool, but they are no longer a novel idea. We can find multiple devices with flexible screens. The next step in screen innovation may be coming from LG Display soon.
The manufacturer’s engineers are talking about flexible, transparent displays that could be utilized in the mobile industry in the near future. Not so much for smartphones, but it would be an interesting concept to apply to wearables and other smart devices.
LG continues to work on this, but so far they can create displays that are about 30% transparent. This number is said to be estimated to rise to 40% by 2017, which is still a long ways from now.
Opinion: To be honest, 30% is already a great advantage. I am very excited to see this at work, and not only for mobile devices. Imagine a smart window made with this material!