• This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HP Sprout, New Fitbits, And Other Wrist-Worn Tech

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HP Sprout, New Fitbits, And Other Wrist-Worn Tech

    Fitbit announced a few new devices, including the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Surge, both of which we’re excited about. Plus, HP is doing all kinds of weird things, not least of which is the announcement of an odd new computer, projector type device called the Sprout. Plus, we’re still fascinated with the Apple Watch so we’re talking about all things wrist this week. Read More

  • The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    According to HP, what the world needs now is a touch-sensitive mat onto which are projected little 3D interface objects coupled with a touchscreen monitor. In fact, what the world precisely needs is Sprout. This $1,899 computer is the latest in HP’s efforts to remain relevant. Created as a sort of multi-media workstation a la the original Surface table, the computer has a built-in… Read More

  • Memento Corruptionem: Sprout Watches Are Biodegradable

    Memento Corruptionem: Sprout Watches Are Biodegradable

    Centuries from now, archeologists will come upon a cache of these Sprout biodegradable watches and find only their movements, the thin wafers of silicon corroded into each other like the Antikythera mechanism and surrounded by Big Gulp cups and Pringles cans, a testament to a brand’s dedication to eco-friendliness. See, the cases, bands, faces, and bezels of these watches, which range… Read More

  • Sprout Now Lets You Simultaneously Build Rich Ads In Both HTML5 And Flash

    Last week during Apple’s iPhone 4.0 Preview, Steve Jobs announced iAd, a product that could help turn the mobile ad industry on its head. The new product lets developers quickly integrate rich, HTML5 ads into their applications — ads that Jobs says will meld the emotion of television commercials with the interactivity of online advertising. There’s just one problem —… Read More

  • Track Those Users: Sprout Puts Google Analytics Into Flash Tool

    Sprout, a Flash platform that first launched in January 2008 to let developers easily create Flash widgets and websites, is reaching another milestone today: integration of Google Analytics into Flash to properly track user engagement and participation. The new product, called Sprout Mixer, is a tool that lets users create customized widgets that incorporate brand and personal content –… Read More

  • Sprout Raises $5 Million for Flash Widget Creation

    I’m not the only one who was impressed by Sprout, a browser-based tool for creating interactive widgets in Flash that debuted in February. The Honolulu and San Francisco-based startup has collected $5 million in venture funding to fuel its operations. Polaris Venture Partners led the round, with previous investors Global Venture Capital and Mitch Kapor participating. Mike Hirshland… Read More

  • Wix: The Bold Web Content Creator

    Cluttered and candy-coated are two ways to describe Wix, a new Flash-based website and widget creation tool that we’ve been anticipating for months. It’s also feature-rich, very well-designed, and – sorry – still in private beta. Wix joins a multitude of browser-based website creators such as Weebly, Synthasite, and Google Pages. But it reminds me the most of Sprout… Read More

  • Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services

    Sprout – the impressive browser-based tool that debuted at DEMO in January and suddenly made it feasible for non-developers to create rich Flash-based widgets – has got even better with the release of v1.5. One of the most promising things about Sprout was that it integrated third-party services. At launch, publishers could add to their widgets, among other components, polls… Read More

  • Sprout: The Online WYSIWYG Editor for Flash

    A new application called Sprout, launching in private beta at DEMO today, promises to make the creation of Flash applets a whole lot easier. Sprout is a browser-based, WYSIWYG editor for Flash with an interface reminiscent of Photoshop or Dreamweaver. Designers can use it to create, publish and track Flash widgets, websites and mashups, thereby obviating the need for them to work with… Read More