Until it acquired VoodooPC in October last year HP appeared to know about as much about gaming as I do about cricket – and showed as much inclination to learn. That has all changed now though... (HP, not my desire to watch cricket).
Late last week at the company's Gaming Summit HP announced a rash of new leisure orientated future technologies codenamed 'Pluribus', 'Panoply' and 'mScape'.
The first uses numerous projectors and software assisted alignments to create a massive composite display which could not be broken up by walking in front of it. The second, Panoply, is similar but uses a pair of projectors along with software to simplify the process of creating a massive dual screen immersive display. Sweet.
The third, mScape, was introduced by former VoodooPC CEO turned CTO of HP's Gaming Division Rahul Sood and is the most far out of the lot of them. mScape is a prototype mobile gaming system which takes more than a passing interest in the Nintendo Wii's sensor orientated control with everything from physical movement to biometrics and GPS claimed to influence the gameplay. How will a device contain all these things... because it will use our existing handheld devices (presumably of the future) and be a licensed software platform.
All these developments are – obviously – the entertainment of tomorrow rather than anything we'll see imminently but at least HP is thinking outside the box and clearly has its sights set on shaking off its dodgy business persona. Cast off those suits HP, burn the ties. Burn them.