Rahul Sood Speaks on the Future of Voodoo
April 10, 2007 2:50 PM
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Sood, right, working with the HP team on the Misto touch interface
Six months after HP absorbed the boutique vendor Voodoo PC, the company sheds some light on its eventual plans
Late last week Hewlett-Packard showcased the fruits of its Voodoo PC acquisition and the HP Labs development team.
"It became clear that there has been work going on even prior to the Voodoo acquisition and now the wheels are spinning freely, and things are anything but status quo," said HP Global Gaming Chief Technology Officer and
Blogger Rahul Sood.
Much of HP's showcase included technology derived from
HP Labs projects
. HP's Misto project, for example, integrates a 50" touch screen into a coffee table. The interface is designed as a proof-of-concept for gamers, but Sood isn't discounting its usefulness for other applications.
"Well, we have been exploring all types of technologies which pertain to gaming, including handheld, display, interface, and many others. We have enough intellectual property within HP to wallpaper the building," states Sood. "These research scientists within HP Labs are absolute geniuses, they have some interesting projects yet to be unveiled. The interesting thing is many of the projects they are working on are not specific to gaming - we have recognized these areas and the creative juices are flowing."
Voodoo PC built its niche on the no-expense-spared ultra enthusiasts. Although HP is a bit more grounded when it comes to catering to the masses, Voodoo's influence in HP Labs is more than apparent. In particular, HP demonstrated its nine-projector interface capable of displaying images bright enough to see outside in full daylight. HP's interlacing technology has shown up on other projector based projects; at the Consumer Electronics Show last January the company demonstrated its immersive driving simulator using multiple projectors interlaced together.
However, six months after
HP's acquisition of Voodoo
, the company still has not shipped an official HP-Voodoo collaborated PC yet. HP continues to build Voodoo's boutique PCs, mid-range PCs under the Hewlett-Packard brand and entry level products under the Compaq brand. The company still lacks a direct competitor to Dell's XPS line.
"We recognized that there is a gap between HP and Voodoo – and we believe this gap is significant enough that we need to jump into the sandbox and draw the line. We never said anything about creating a fourth brand but there is indeed speculation."
Sood closes, "As I said at the event in San Francisco, our funnel is full of ideas; you’ll see some new stuff as early as this year."
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4/11/2007 12:09:09 AM
I agree that for some it may make sense.
While I'll probably never own a Voodoo PC unless I won the lottery, I know two family friends who own them and I have to admit they do look and perform great.
Yes, they use mostly off-the-shelf parts but their cooling and case-innards are generally custom designed. That allows them to have their PCs (both notebooks and especially desktops) to be almost silent while being aggressively overclocked.
Their line does not generally compete directly with Alienware but Alienware's ALX line instead which, incidentally, is also ridiculously expensive.
To each his/her own. No sense it blasting people who can comfortably afford stuff like that. We see it every day with Hummers, $2000 Louis Vuitton bags etc etc…
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