Printers to get Email Addresses

The NYTimes is reporting today that HP will shortly announce printers which have an email address, are always online and are fully touchscreen, and eagerly waiting for print jobs to come in from you. According to the article, HP is claiming that the printers are built for the "iPhone age" because HP has been losing business steadily.

The article points out that the printers will be announced this week and they "build on a limited experiment last year", and they will range in price from $99 to $400 - apparently, every printer will come with a "breakthrough feature" - an email address. HP engineers have said that the email address idea is an "easy, familiar way for people to send print jobs to the printers". Obviously, the idea is that users might take a photo on their phone and email it to their printer so that when they get home, it is ready for them. 

In addition, HP is reportedly lining up partners for a website called the "ePrintCenter" which is supposed to be like an app store for printers, similar to what Apple and Google have for their Smartphones. Apparently HP has lined up 40 partners so far to build software and services for the printers - the NYTimes article gives an example of Crayola offering coloring books that can be downloaded and printed through this app store.

It seems like this new information is related to HP's acquisition of Palm last month, which gave them exclusive rights to WebOS - the mobile operating system that runs on Palm phones. HP has previously said that they will be extending WebOS into printers, but did not specify when it would be.

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necrosis said,
Why is this shocking or even news?

Yes it is new for printers but this has been around for years on copiers.

You can email to your copier??? I know my copier at work can email out but I don't think it can accept them.

For those that don't have an HP printer set up to do this or any printer for that matter...

One could set up a filter in Outlook or Thunderbird to print any and all email sent to the address you define. Then, leave your mail client running and when it gets the email, it prints it. Sort of a ghetto way, but at least it would work.

Medfordite said,
For those that don't have an HP printer set up to do this or any printer for that matter...

One could set up a filter in Outlook or Thunderbird to print any and all email sent to the address you define. Then, leave your mail client running and when it gets the email, it prints it. Sort of a ghetto way, but at least it would work.

Exactly what I was thinking while reading the article. Why haven't I done this yet?

Easy solution to spam: Use a 3 or 4 digit pin code in the subject that only the printer will print. So if you're forwarding a PDF to print, putting 1234 in the subject will do the trick.

1) No news really - can be already achieved easily but you can bet HP will introduce it with big issues, I see a future of remote owning.

2) How big will the driver install get? - mostly above 60MB now for their existing bloatware installs..

3) as for subjects containing print auth - yea fantastic, email is a very secure method of transmitting text ... fancy putting your credit card details in here for a test?

HP should concentrate on producing printers that have a life cycle of more than 2 months rather than brainstorming.

SoupDragon said,
1) No news really - can be already achieved easily but you can bet HP will introduce it with big issues, I see a future of remote owning.

2) How big will the driver install get? - mostly above 60MB now for their existing bloatware installs..

3) as for subjects containing print auth - yea fantastic, email is a very secure method of transmitting text ... fancy putting your credit card details in here for a test?

HP should concentrate on producing printers that have a life cycle of more than 2 months rather than brainstorming.

1) Can't say. Wait and see.

2) Why would this effect the driver size? In actuality, it would eliminate the need for a driver at all.

3) What?

Hmm. Their printers are crap. Their drivers and software is bloated beyond belief. Seems they are looking into new ways to make them worse instead of fixing what they already sell. ( and get returned time and time again.)

I have an HP DeskJet F4235 and I will confirm that the ink is lousy in volume (Genuine HP Ink), and expensive. Big money racket on ink for all printers, except maybe Kodak (or so they say), but then you make up the cost of ink in the price of the printer with them.

Nobody ever thought of the latency and bandwidth issues with this? If you are printing a large document then it requires you to upload your files to your email provider, and wait for it to be sent to a predetermined address before downloaded back to the printer. It will be a long while before your document will be ready.

That depends completely on the configuration of your mail. There's also the added problem that if its POP3 or IMAP it might check for new mail every 5 minutes. If it supports MAPI/Exchange I guess it will be instant.

Still its a better fix than having nothing, which is the case right now.

Angel Blue01 said,
Are there enough IP addresses in IPv4 for this?
It doesn't matter, does it? I thought IPv6 already solved the problem of dwindling resources...

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