Shane Wall CTO: Ride the waves of innovation with us. Surf's up!

With Warren Volkmann, Editor
HP Developers' Portal​


As the CTO and Global Head of Labs for HP Inc., I want to welcome you to our Developers’ Portal.

This website and its growing collection of developer resources is a catalyst for innovation and collaboration. This is where HP Inc. is opening its most exciting and promising technologies to partners, alpha-testers, and third-party developers. Here you are able to register and download SDKs, test drive APIs, and engage products as varied as mobile printing, immersive computing, high-speed digital press workflows, and 3D printing.

We can’t do it alone

The days of technology companies going it alone are numbered. The open platform revolution that gave the world a million phone apps showed the power of partnership. We have seen the creativity that is unleashed when a technology is democratized. When new platforms are opened, the collective knowledge and insights of many minds trigger a tsunami of innovation.

Waves of innovation

As CTO, I am privileged to watch the technologies of the future being invented both at HP Labs and in our businesses. Waves of new technology are coming. Open collaboration is clearly an important strategy going forward.

Here is a slide I use to show the technology shifts that I see coming. Some of these innovations will improve the way things are done, while others will unlock completely new capabilities.

You will see HP release products in each of these areas over the next few years:

  • Hyper-mobility
  • Immersive experiences
  • Internet of things
  • 3D transformation
  • Smart machines

Clearly one company cannot do it all. We invite partners, collaborators, and third party developers to join us. This portal is where we will reach out to the developer community.

3D Transformation

HP is taking what it learned in 2D printing and applying it to 3D printing in a process we call HP Multi Jet FusionTM. It has the potential to revolutionize part manufacturing – which industry has been doing for centuries. Now, instead of carving gears and parts out of chunks of metal or extruding them from plastic molds, we can 3D print parts from powder that is fused into almost infinite shapes. The megatrend here is digitization. The digitization of manufacturing promises to enable the next industrial revolution.

"Blended reality"

 Combining 3D printing with immersive computing experiences led us to a whole new vision that we call Blended Reality. It is very simple. Blended Reality removes the barriers that separate 2D from 3D. It empowers people to create, interact, and inspire as never before. (Watch the HP Blended Reality Manifesto.)

As we develop new blended reality tools and capabilities, people will be able to take physical objects and pull them into a digital system in a natural way. Once in the system, they can manipulate the digitized object just as they would the physical object itself. They will be able to edit it, color it, protect it, share it, publish it, and then print it out in 3D.

All of this will require powerful new software. HP is partnering with Autodesk to drive the software input side of the 3D transformation. We will be looking to the developer community for additional collaboration opportunities.

Real waves

When I talk about waves of innovation, it can get technical and abstract, but a lot of what we envision is real and tangible. HP wants to help you “Make Something Real.”

To show just how real it can be, we made a surfboard video. We worked with Shaper Studios, a do-it-yourself surfboard workshop in California, to show how they use Sprout to create and print custom designs for surfboards. (Watch Shaper Studio’s Sprout video.)

Sprout gave Shaper Studios a new and intuitive way for surfers to personalize the outer shell of their boards. After a surfer creates their design, Shaper Studios prints it in 2D then laminates it onto the board’s foam core.

 

3D printing a surfboard

At HP we envision a day when the entire surfboard can be 3D printed. In addition to printing the design on the outside, Multi Jet FusionTM would let the surfer customize the inner structure of the board – hard and resilient on the nose and rails, stiff but flexible end to end, elastic and grippy on the top for good footing.

HP has some of the best material scientists in the world, but we clearly can’t imagine all the possibilities ourselves. We are creating open platforms that will enable developer communities to play with, create, and explore the possibilities. Please check back here often. We will be adding new technologies and new APIs over the next year.


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