posted at 05:50
Author Name: Julie Bort
Blended Reality Is The Next Big Thing
You've probably heard of "Virtual reality." That's what you get when you put on an Oculus Rift headset and feel like you've entered a completely new world. Maybe you've heard of "Augmented reality." That's what you get when you put on Google Glass and it projects Google-y facts or images on the world. A few days ago, with the introduction of HP's jaw-dropping new "Sprout" PC, something called "Blended reality" has arrived. HP HP's Sprout PC. But the real magic happens when you take the Sprout PC and combine it with a 3D printer, a device that instantly manufacturers things, as easily as printing a document. If HP's plans for it pan out, it could put 3D printing into the hands of every business and home. Put the Sprout and 3D printer together and you'll be able make actual objects move in and out of your computer with a swish of your hands. "Blended reality" is a term used five years ago by futurist think tank Institute For The Future. Here's how the IFTF imagined blended reality back in 2009.

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