Hewlett Packard has unveiled its new ePrint platform which will allow users to print from any e-mail enabled device located anywhere in the world to an HP ePrinter or public ePrint locations.
HP's first ePrinter, the HP Photosmart e-All-in-One, goes on sale this month, with two more ePrinters slated to go on sale by the end of September.
The way the ePrint platform will work is every HP ePrinter will be given a unique email address that allows users to send print jobs to their printer in the same way they would send an email message.
Once sent, the email containing the document or photo to be printed is forwarded to an HP datacenter, where the email message is prepared for printing, and then forwarded on to users printer about 30 seconds later. Of course, your printer must be turned on and connected to the internet in order to sucessfully print. Alternatively, for a fee, the print job could be sent to a ePrint location. HP says that over 1,300 Hilton Hotels worldwide now offer ePrint services.
Because the print job is sent via email, users will be able to print from any email enabled device including Android, Apple Blackberry, Microsoft, or Palm smartphones without the need for computer. HP says the email address is password protected to prevent spammers from sending reams of messages to ePrint enabled printers.
The new printers can also connect directly to Google Cloud so you’ll be able to print Google Docs directly from the cloud without having to turn on your desktop computer. ePrinters with scanning capabilities will also be able to scan documents directly to their Google Docs account without the need for a computer. Other Google services like Calendar and Picasa for photos are also supported.
"We are once again revolutionizing printing to make web-empowered, cloud-enabled printing the new industry standard," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.
The printers will also be able to support third-party smartphone applications. Live Nation, for example, will have a customized application to print items such as concert tickets and logistical information.
HP's first ePrinter, the HP Photosmart e-All-in-One goes on sale this month for $139 in Canada. HP will ship the Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One printer – This printer and Premium e-All-in-One in August and September respectively.
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