HP will soon announce printers with email address, are always online and are fully touchscreen, and eagerly waiting for print jobs to come in from you. “H.P. is claiming that the printers are built for “iPhone age” because HP has been losing business steadily. HP’s engineers hit on the e-mail address as an easy, familiar way for people to send print jobs to the Web-ready printers. You can, for example, take a photo with a phone, e-mail it to your printer’s address and have the printout waiting for you at home. Or, you can share the printer’s e-mail address with family and friends. This means that someone can buy Grandma a Web-ready printer and have it pump out photos of the grandchildren without Grandma having to do much of anything,” reports NYT.
The new printers — which build on a limited experiment last year — will range in price from $99 to about $400.
HP recently launched its ePrint Center technology.