I dropped the kids off at camp this morning and headed to the HP Reveal press conference to hear a briefing on a *mystery* product. As someone that loves mysteries, I could not wait to get there and find out what it was. I missed the press conference because of camp drop off timing, but I did demo the product and talked with the HP Marketing/Engineering staff – who were all very eager to hear what moms would look for in the product. Luckily I had another mom blogger with me to also discuss ideas ( @Vdog).
And the mystery product is….."The world’s first web-connected printer: HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web".
Here are details from their press release:
Additionally, HP apps allow people to connect instantly with fun, informative and personal content. People can easily access these Print Apps via the printer’s 4.33-inch touchscreen – the largest LCD touchscreen of any all-in-one inkjet printer on the market – to print maps, coupons, movie tickets and more from their favorite web sites including USA TODAY, Google, Fandango and Coupons.com."
What does this mean for moms/parents/kids? Basically the new printer allows the user to access the web for select applications on a touchscreen and then print via wireless – without using a computer. The applications need to be developed for the Photosmart with TouchSmart Web, similar to the applications that are developed to use on the iPhone. The target is for the printer to launch this fall. The HP App Studio (SDK -developer kit) will be available in the beginning of the new year after the launch. This will allow the people to create their own applications. The target retail price for the United States is $399.
The printer does not have internal storage so it is not a replacement for a computer. What it does offer is the time saving functionality to print directly from the web from one gadget (the printer) via the house wireless system. The Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web also includes PictBridge, Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, as wells as CF, SD, and MS-Duo slots. The extra slots allow users, for example, that use SD flash cards in their digital cameras to insert them directly into the printer for printing pictures.
More technical details will be released soon.
ASK TECHMAMA READERS: WHAT APPLICATIONS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ON THE HP PHOTOSMART WITH TOUCHSMART WEB?
Here are some of the pictures I took at the HPreveal:
HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web:
Vdog is displaying a picture printed on the HP Photosmart with TouchSmart Web.
Here is a close-up of the front of the printer with the touchscreen for web access.
The HP Photosmart with TouchSmart Web can also scan, copy and fax (for faxing, the printer must be hooked up to a phone line).
This is a picture of the touch keypad input screen.
This picture shows the coupons application.
And here is the coupon that was printed at our demo.
The ink cartridges are in separate colors.
Photo tray that can handle many different types of paper (including photo and laser).
Here is an example of the screen to choose crafts to print.
You can also view movie clips (video streaming) from the Touchscreen. This picture is of the Monsters vs Aliens video that played screen during our demo.
HP Unveils World’s First Web-Connected Home Printer
Introduces New Printing Platform Featuring HP Print Apps
HP, Monday, June 22, 2009; 10:01 a.m. PT
o HP today unveiled the world’s first web-connected home printer: The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web. For the first time, HP brings the power of the web directly to a home printer and combines it with HP’s TouchSmart technology for quick, easy access to popular Web content – revolutionizing printing in the web-connected world.
o The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web features an entirely new web-based printing platform with HP apps. Similar to other connected devices, HP apps allow people to connect instantly with fun, informative and personal content by launching a web page in seconds where they can customize and print content on-demand and in an easy-to-read format.
o As pioneers of this new content-on-demand delivery platform, the world’s first HP app partners will be USA TODAY, Google, Fandango, Coupons.com, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, Web Sudoku and Weathernews Inc. Through these apps, people will have free access to customized daily news, maps, coupons, coloring pages, movie tickets, recipes, personal calendars and more – all at the touch of a finger.
o The new printers also can connect directly to Snapfish accounts to view, print and upload photos and can access the wide variety of projects available on the HP Creative Studio. Coming this Fall, people will be able to create and share their own apps to customize their printers at the HP App Studio.
The World’s First Web-Connected Printer
o The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web has an extra large 4.33-inch touchscreen – the largest LCD touchscreen of any all-in-one inkjet printer on the market.
o A versatile printing solution with print, fax, copy and scan functionality, the printer is perfect for multi-tasking households – producing laser-quality text documents and lab-quality photos. With a full range of wired and wireless connectivity options, this printer provides the freedom and flexibility to print directly from Wi-Fi enabled PCs, Bluetooth®-enabled devices, the iPhone™ and the iPod touch™ using HP iPrint Photo.
o This ENERGY STAR®-qualified all-in-one helps users save paper with automatic two-sided printing and reduces packaging waste by using an innovative, reusable bag made from recycled plastics.
Pricing and Availability
o Available this Fall, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web will retail in North America for an estimated street price of $399. The HP TouchSmart Web will be an open platform for app development. A site development kit will be available in late 2009.
Disclosure update: TechMamas.com was NOT compensated or paid for this post – I was just invited with the other PRESS to the briefing.