the ‘HP top shot’ all-in-one scanner creates one-click studio-quality images of 3D objects
the ‘top shot‘ all-in-one scanner and laserjet printer by HP captures studio-like images of 3D objects
for instant uploading, amidst a host of other connectivity solutions designed for small business use.
the top deck of the device features an overhanging arm with a high resolution camera and flash. when an object is placed on the surface
and scanned, the camera takes three images with flash from different angles and three in ambient light with different exposure levels,
combining them to mimic a studio-quality product shot.
if the printer is connected to the internet, photographs can be instantly uploaded to the web without need of an intermediary
computing device. a range of web applications– accessible via the device’s 3.5-inch touchscreen– offer additional built-in
functionality that eliminate the need for a computer or smartphone: the ‘shoeboxed’ busness card app, for example,
permits multiple business cards to be placed on the scanning surface and scanned all at once, with all contact information
saved to outlook or contact database; while receipts can be scanned and their data instantly added to a web-based quickbooks account.
HP has not announced when the device will be available but it is set to retail for 400 USD.
3/4 top and 3/4 side views
design-aerobics 2011: TECH GADGETS course
september 15 – november 15, 2011
as more and more technological objects find their way into everyday life
designboom will hold an online design course on the theme of ‘tech-gadgets’.
we’ll look at the most significant designs yet and ponder what might be around
the corner. to see a lesson sample and information on how to enroll click here.