HP debuts cloud-connected printer
Device can convert 3D objects into 2D prints; can upload images directly to the cloud
HP has unveiled four new printer models at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, including the TopShot LaserJet Pro 200 M275nw, a multi-function printer capable of printing 2D images of 3D objects, which will be released in February 2012.
“We are talking innovations today and this printer is completely innovative. This printer can capture 3D objects, get them into the work flow and can use this information and upload it into the cloud automatically, so we don’t need a PC anymore,” says Robert Dinkelacker product marketing manager, Imaging and Printing Group, EMEA.
This means, for example, that if a user wants to upload a picture of an object to the internet, instead of having to take a picture, then download it and then upload it to a website, users can scan it and it is sent directly to the cloud.
The printer also features a touchscreen with support for multiple applications and a brand new innovation called Wi-Fi Direct, an industry first feature that allows users to connect their Wi-Fi enabled phone or device directly to the HP printer and print out pictures or documents.
“You know about e-print, this usually works on the local network, here you don’t need to have the local network any more,” said Dinkelacker.
HP also debuted the new 500 Colour M551 series printer, which is being released at GITEX this year. The printer features reduced power consumption with an auto-sleep mode and new firmware as well as a lower price, at $599.
In November 2011, HP will introduce the LaserJet Enterprise 600, M601, M602 and M603 printer series which can integrate biometrics and other add-ons for enterprise convenience. According to Dinkelacker, this printer also has lower power consumption than any of its competitors. The printer range will retails from $699.
In January 2012, the company will release its ScanJet Enterprise 8500fn1 Document Capture Workstation, a complete printing solution which can deal with any quality of paper from anywhere in the world, according to HP. It will retail at around $3,499.