Monday, June 22nd 2009

HP Introduces World’s First Web-connected Home Printer

HP today unveiled the world’s first web-connected home printer: The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web. HP is bringing the power of the web directly to the printer and combining it with HP’s TouchSmart technology to give people quick, easy, touchscreen access to popular digital content.

Designed for the digital generation and connected households, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web features an entirely new web-based printing platform with HP applications (apps). Similar to other Internet-connected devices, these apps, which are viewable on an extra-large, intuitive-to-use TouchSmart panel, allow people to connect instantly with fun, informative and personal content.

In addition to receiving apps preloaded on the printer, people can download new ones as they become available at the HP Apps Studio to suit their interests and needs. With the sweep of a finger, users will be able to browse and view popular web destinations and simply touch the app of their choice to launch a web page where they can customize and print content on demand in an easy-to-read format.

As pioneers of this new content-on-demand delivery platform, the world’s first HP app partners will be USA TODAY, Google, Fandango, Coupons.com, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, Web Sudoku and Weathernews Inc. Through these apps, people will have free access to customized daily news, maps, coupons, coloring pages, movie tickets, recipes, personal calendars and more – all at the touch of a finger.

The new printers also will connect directly to a user’s Snapfish account to view, print and upload photos. People additionally can access projects from the HP Creative Studio. People will be able to create and share their own apps to customize their printers through the HP Apps Studio starting in late 2009.

“Twenty-five years ago HP invented consumer printing and today we are taking advantage of the digital content explosion to reinvent the category with an entirely new printing platform – powered by touch and empowered by the web,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “By giving people access to the content they want at the touch of a finger, the ability to customize their printing experience and create their own apps, and enabling easy ’one touch’ wireless setup, we are driving a significant shift in how people will be printing in the future.”

Free HP apps available at launch

Industry leaders from the worlds of news, entertainment and information are the first to offer free apps debuting on the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web. Consumers will be able to print daily, weekly or monthly news from USA TODAY, updated in real time and customized according to their interests, such as sports, news and politics.

“Today marks another change in the way our readers can access news and information as we bring print-on-demand to consumers’ homes,” said Jeff Webber, publisher, USATODAY.com. “People can print the latest stories from USA TODAY at the touch of a finger to better fit their busy, on-the-go lives.”

From Google Maps, consumers will be able to enter their destination and print a map; from Google Calendar, they will be able to print their weekly schedule to place on their refrigerator or bulletin board.

With Coupons.com, users can save money by printing coupons for groceries, restaurants, entertainment and more. People also can browse and print recipes for quick, easy meal planning.

Consumers will be able to search movies in their local area from any one of Fandango’s 16,000 theater screens across the country. They can then buy tickets in advance and print their tickets at home or the office, helping ensure an easy and convenient movie-going experience.

To empower busy families, the printer provides one-touch access to fun coloring pages and templates from DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon. Through the DreamWorks Animation app users also will be able to view movie trailers to upcoming releases without having to log on to a computer. Nickelodeon printables will include color-ins, word finds, mazes and more from top properties, including “Dora the Explorer,” “The Wonder Pets!,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “iCarly.”

For commuters, Weathernews Inc. provides a weekly forecast to allow for informed travel planning. With Web Sudoku, people can quickly print brain teasers for light entertainment on the go.

World’s first web-connected printer

The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web has an extra-large 4.33-inch touchscreen – the largest LCD touchscreen of any all-in-one inkjet printer on the market.

The versatile printer prints, faxes, copies and scans – producing laser-quality text documents and lab-quality photos – making it ideal for multitasking households. With a full range of wired and wireless connectivity options, the printer provides the flexibility to print directly from Wi-Fi-enabled PCs, Bluetooth-enabled devices, the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPod touch using HP iPrint Photo.

ENERGY STAR qualified, the all-in-one printer helps users save paper with automatic two-sided printing and reduces packaging waste by shipping in an innovative, reusable bag made from recycled plastics.

Pricing and availability

Expected to be available this fall, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web will retail in the United States for a target street price of $399.
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18 Comments on HP Introduces World’s First Web-connected Home Printer

#1
MRCL
Jesus Christ, printers are evolving into mobile phones!
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
With Web Sudoku, people can quickly print brain teasers for light entertainment on the go.
A printer entertaining you. Whowouldathunk.
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#3
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
$400...

Sorry, this isn't even remotely useful, and the price completely kills it. Maybe if it was priced remotely close to other All-In-One Inkjets the gimmicky apps would be worth it. But definitely not at $400. All of these features are what a computer is for, a computer that is likely sitting right next to the printer. And the computer won't force me to try and read everything from a 4" screen...
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#4
[I.R.A]_FBi
HP today unveiled the world’s first web-connected home printer
id so have fun with someone's printer .. goatse.jpg ftw
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#5
Hieyeque
Spam

Now your spam will come to you in hard copies!:banghead:
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#6
[I.R.A]_FBi
by: Hieyeque
Now your spam will come to you in hard copies!:banghead:
amen!

"which celebrities breasts are these?"

"want ur manhood larger?"
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#7
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
file under "completely useless."
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#8
CAPITAL LETTERS
great concept, nice ideas.

i just dont think browsing on 4.33-inch touchscreen will be more economical rather than just pressing ctrl+P.

image all the ways to exploit these types of printers, if its connected directly to the internet, the only security (that i am aware of) stopping people from attacking these net-printers, is the physical security within the network its connected too. other than that: spam, come one come all
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#9
Triprift
About as useful as internet fridge lol.
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#10
h3llb3nd4
umm....

easier for those who wants to print p0rn?:wtf:
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#11
MRCL
by: h3llb3nd4
umm....

easier for those who wants to print p0rn?:wtf:
That would be useful if they'd invent a printer that can print videos...
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#12
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Can be done. Print every frame, and make a flip-book.
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#14
MRCL
by: btarunr
Can be done. Print every frame, and make a flip-book.
You need both hands for flipping (the book). Major design flaw.
/off topic
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#15
Triprift
Lol you think of everything MRCL :D
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#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: MRCL
You need both hands for flipping (the book). Major design flaw.
/off topic
Put it on your lap and flip it with one hand. You'll need to print another one once you're done.
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#17
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I can't believe how pointless this is.
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#18
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Not the greatest idea but I kind of do like it. I think I like it more for the networked printer than anything. IMagine needing to fill out a form and your wife needs it to take to a local office. Hell, just fill it out, print it at your house and blamo there it goes. About the only useful thing I see about it really.
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