What are you doing with your printer? I mean, besides printing up documents, color photos or your flight information before you run out of the house. Well, this week HP held its annual global conference in Shanghai, China showing off the latest innovations we’re releasing (technically, the event was called, "HP IPG Innovation for Impact" for those playing along at home). So, without going into too much hype, I wanted to share a couple cool things with you that you should check out.
The Printer That Takes Your Pictures: TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 Maybe you’re a little lazy like me – you want a printer that can take the picture for you. You read that right. The TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is a little trippy. Here’s how it works: Take your favorite 3-dimensional object that can fit onto the top of the TopShot. Then, an actuated arm rises up from the side and snaps six shots from different angles with and without a flash in order to properly scan it. The results produce a seamless 2D image (It's hard to show you here, but this flower is a small sample of what it can do). Want to upload that picture straight away? You can do that. It’s also enabled with ePrint technology (so you can print from anywhere in the world) and AirPrint (to print from your various iDevices). HP bills the TopShot as a device for small business use - and this video below walks you through the possibilities - but the tech shows some potential. Me? I'd love to see something that could create a stitched 360-degree image in the future. Hey, I can dream.
HP Printer Control Mobile App: How often are you actually in front of your printer these days? This app allows you to control your HP printer from anywhere. You’re basically turning your printer into a two-way communications device with digital scan services – including scan to Facebook, to Google Docs and to email.
Also get a load of this: Imagine if your printer could tell you that you’re out of ink when you’re not at home. Printer management is one less headache to deal with here. On the road, you can handle automatic printer discovery and setup, printer status notification, remote ink/toner status and troubleshooting cartridge identification. Then, go use a mobile device as a scanner, ordering your HP device at home to print, copy and scan interactively.
ePrint Home & Biz mobile App: The newly-launched HP ePrint Home & Biz app is a mobile app (available on iOS, Android and Symbian devices) that lets you print photos, PDFs, Microsoft Office documents and even web pages from anywhere to any registered HP ePrint printer in the world.
Scheduled Delivery: I like to think of this as my personal digital assistant, printing up exactly what I need each day, when I need it. Printers become publishing platforms allowing you to select print app content and customize when it will be automatically delivered that day or week. The latest HP print apps that are available for scheduled delivery are Yahoo Daily Digest, Manager Tools and 7-Day Planner.
Snapfish by HP – Facial Recognition: This is actually a pretty neat feature if you have shots of tons of people but don’t have the time to organize all of them. Sound like someone you know? –Think of this as an advanced version of face tagging, designed in collaboration with HP Labs researchers.
Facial recognition uses sophisticated algorithms to detect and identify a person’s face. Unlike other applications that only recognize adult faces, Snapfish facial recognition software is optimized to detect baby faces – an important feature to many Snapfish customers who upload photos of their children. Over the child’s growth, the software recognizes and groups these faces together. You’ve got to see this in action to believe it.
Don’t worry, customer privacy is maintained, the user must opt on to the facial recognition feature for the software to tag people in their photos. Online photo organization features include: larger thumbnail views of photos ability to caption, rotate and edit photos in batches (thank YOU!), easy sharing to social networks; new searching capabilities across all albums to easily find photos by occasion, date tags.
All in all, there's some neat stuff. If you want to check out more of the event from Shanghai, Vyomesh Joshi -executive vice president of the Imaging and Printing Group, HP gives a keynote right here.