Printers with widgets, an app store, a Web connection and their own email addresses.
Web-connected printers are slowly gaining prominence and HP has always been at the forefront of this endeavor to make these smart printers a mainstream commodity. This week we learn HP has teamed up with Google to give Web-connected printers their own email addresses.
A recent article in the New York Times talks about HP's new strategy when it comes to printers. It discusses Web-connected printers and the company's desire to load these peripherals with apps (think movie tickets, coupons, directions) from a dedicated app store. However, one thing we didn't know is that Google is interested in the direction HP is taking printing and the two have formed a unique partnership. According to NYT, the collaboration allows people to send things like Google Docs and Calendars directly to HP's printers.
It makes sense when you think about it; if your printer has it's own email address, you can have someone send those important documents straight to your printer, and nearly cut your computer out of the equation completely.
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