Because even scanning needs to be in 3D.
During a brief break at the HP Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas last week, I had a chance to play around with the HP TopShot MFP Laserjet Printer. Now HP’s expertise in the printer market is nothing new, but this was one printer that certainly caught my attention. What makes the TopShot different from any other printer in the market is its revolutionary 3D scanning technology.
While traditional flatbed scanners are suitable for scanning documents or pages from books, attempting to scan any kind of other object usually produces a ‘flat’ scan of whatever parts of the object are pressing against the glass. With the TopShot MFP, objects can be placed in the scanning area and scanned to produce a much more realistic 3D scan. Not one to shy away from new gadgets, I decided to give it a try and placed my phone on the scanner to produce a copy. After a few moments of analyzing the object, the printer started up and worked its magic – a few minutes later I had a scan of my phone printed out for me. Below is the same phone, scanned on the left with the TopShot and on the right with a flatbed scanner.
You can see that the scan with the TopShot actually shows the depth of the phone in greater detail, compared to what is achieved with a flatbed scanner. This makes it handy to scan everything from jewelry to miniature figurines, or whatever items might not be able to fit into a flatbed scanner, effectively eliminating the need to have a white background or studio shots.
The printer has a touch-screen interface and supports a host of cloud-based services. You can scan an item and store it instantly on the web, or print directly to your printer from any device using ePrint technology. It even has a number of apps for printing headlines and financial information, all updated from the web.
Even if you don’t necessarily have 3D objects that need scanning, the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is a robust printer that delivers excellent color output and rapid, web-enabled scanning.