HP’s new e-All-in-One printer is web-connected and uses the cloud to print emails from any device possible to any location in the world.
Effectively having its own email address connected to the cloud, the new ePrinter from HP will accept email from any web-connected device. You can also send documents to print through an HP ePrint smartphone app so a business can have a print email address for this printer and have customers send documents directly to this, including Office documents, PDFs and JPEG files.
There is also a direct connection to Google Docs without requiring a local proxy PC or web appliance so users can access Google Docs, Photos and Calendar directly from the printer. HP is planning to bring out other print apps from partners, including Facebook, Picasa, Crayola, Reuters and MSNBC.com.
"We are once again revolutionising printing to make web-empowered, cloud-enabled printing the new industry standard," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice-president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.
"We know that our customers want an easy way to print their content, anywhere, anytime. We’re making that a reality today by giving people the power to print from any web-connected device – smartphones, iPads, netbooks and more – to any printer in our portfolio above $99. The world has changed."
It looks as though HP is also trying to make the dead tree format more appealing by adding new service such as Scheduled Delivery. This sets a printer to put out printed content from say Yahoo! or MSNBC.com at a certain time each time or week so the owner can pick up a printed version of their newsfeed to read with their morning coffee.
Photo: HP e-All-in-One printer connects to the cloud