Printer Ink Company HP Develop Web Printers
Technology firm HP is planning to make greater use of cloud-based technologies in ink printers, prompting the world's largest technology firm to write the next chapter in the e-printer market.
Unlike conventional printers, HP's web-connected models will be fully connected to the web, complete with their own email addresses that users can access from anywhere in the world to send documents for printing.
"The conventional printer market is mature and has low margins because of price wars, but this is a new business model," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice-president for the imaging and printing group of HP. Mr Joshi said global web-connected printer sales are expected to reach 50 million units by 2012, up from an expected 20 million this year.
HP is introducing the e-print home and Biz mobile applications serving mobile handsets operating on Google's Android system, Apple's iOS and Symbian.
Posted by Fred Bugenhalgen.