Epson, best known for its high quality photo printers, has introduced a line of televisions that can print pictures.
Epson, best known for its high quality photo printers, has introduced a line of televisions called Livingstation that can print pictures.
The HDTV-ready models can display and print still photos, directly from a printer built inside the unit. The TVs also come with a feature more common to notebooks - an external CD-RW drive that connects to the set through a USB port, allowing consumers to archive their photographs. For viewing of photographs, users insert a digital camera's memory card (CompactFlash, Secure Digital, SmartMedia or Memory Stick) into the TV's front-panel slot.
The pictures appear in a grid and can then be rotated or cropped. One click on the TV's remote sends the file to the printer, which produces a 4” x 6” glossy print at a 300dpi resolution. The TV's can only display and print pictures. They do not provide editing tools which would allow you to tinker with pictures, removing red-eye and so on.
Epson has high hopes for its new products. "This is not Epson the printer company putting its toe into the TV business," said Rajeev Mishra, director of the company's home entertainment division. "In five years, we expect this to be a $300 million business for us." The two new TV's, a 47" and a 57" model are priced at $3,500 and $4,000 respectively and are available in the USA at present.