HP’s Dion Weisler: The Vision and Promise of Blended Reality

blended realityFrom the blog of Dion Weisler, executive vice president of HP’s Printing and Personal Systems division, and soon-to-be president and CEO of HP’s new HP, Inc.:

“HP helped found Silicon Valley and built a rich heritage of innovation that has made it one of the world’s leading technology companies. Today, we are delivering on our commitment to innovate across all Three Waves of innovation by introducing our vision of a Blended Reality ecosystem – the future of computing and 3D printing. We will open up new market categories that can define the future, and empower people to create, interact and inspire like never before.

We are on the cusp of a transformative era in computing and printing. Currently, there is a chasm between our physical and digital worlds that limits what is possible. I believe Blended Reality is the future, and it will change how we interact with technology and the world around us. It is designed to eliminate barriers, enabling us to express ourselves at the speed of thought – without filters or limitations and creates a seamless interaction that enhances the way we live, work, and play. When the physical and digital worlds truly come together, that’s when the magic happens.

The Blended Reality ecosystem is underpinned by two key advancements:

  • HP Multi Jet Fusion: A revolutionary technology engineered to resolve critical gaps and deliver on the potential of 3D printing in the commercial segment.
  • Sprout by HP: A first-of-its-kind Immersive Computing platform that redefines the user experience and creates a foundation for future immersive technologies.

Breakthrough innovation from the world’s print leader

There is a lot of excitement around 3D printing today, mostly in the consumer space. While most categories are built-in consumer, the opportunity for 3D printing is larger in the hyper-growth commercial space, and this is where we are focused.

HP has been an industry leader in 2D printing for 30 years. Now, we are bringing our expertise to bear in 3D printing, leveraging all of our investments and intellectual property to develop tools that can enable the next industrial revolution. We will transform the industry with our new 3D printing technology, MultiJet Fusion™.

We have overcome the barriers of speed, quality, and cost and laid the foundation of material innovation that will finally realize the promise of 3D printing and manufacturing. MultiJet Fusion™ will allow for functional parts to be printed 10 times faster than the fastest 3D printing technology on the market today, enable the creation of parts that have the needed combination of robust mechanical properties and precise high-resolution details – all at a lower cost. In addition to developing our own HP products and solutions, we are opening the platform for the community to develop new material innovation and new applications.

The birth of a new category of immersive computing experiences

To realize the true potential of 3D printing and Blended Reality, we need to build a better onramp – one that allows users to easily bring things from the physical world into the digital world, to manipulate, morph and modify without keyboards and mice. We have reimagined forever how we create, how we grab, mash and make – moving from thought to expression in an instant.

Today we announced the birth of a completely new category that we call immersive computing. Sprout by HP is the first technology that removes the filters and enables us to blend our physical and digital worlds seamlessly.

The power of Sprout is more than the product; it is a platform and category we are creating. It is about the myriad of applications, experiences and innovations that will come from inside and outside HP. It is about the ideas that haven’t yet been imagined by the developer community and our creative users. We are only limited by our imaginations.

HP is the market-leading printing and personal systems company, and this is a window into the future of HP Inc. We will be an inventive, entrepreneurial company. One that innovates across all three waves and commercializes leading edge technology for our customers, today, tomorrow, and into the future.”

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