HP has unveiled the world's first web-connected home printer: The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web.
The new product brings the power of the web directly to the printer and combines it with HP's TouchSmart technology to give people quick, easy, touchscreen access to popular digital content – without the need for a PC.
Designed for the digital generation and connected households, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web features an entirely new web-based printing platform with HP applications. Similar to other Internet-connected devices, these apps, which are viewable on an extra-large, intuitive-to-use TouchSmart panel, allow people to connect instantly with fun, informative and personal content.
In addition to receiving apps preloaded on the printer, people can download new ones as they become available at the HP Apps Studio to suit their interests and needs. With the sweep of a finger, users will be able to browse and view popular web destinations and simply touch the app of their choice to launch a web page where they can customize and print content on demand in an easy-to-read format.
As pioneers of this new content-on-demand delivery platform, the world's first HP application partners will be USA Today, Google, Fandango, Coupons Inc, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, Web Sudoku and Weathernews. Through these apps, people will have free access to customised daily news, maps, coupons, colouring pages, movie tickets, recipes, personal calendars and more – all at the touch of a finger.
The new printers also will connect directly to a user's Snapfish account to view, print and upload photos. People additionally can access projects from the HP Creative Studio.
People will be able to create and share their own applications to customise their printers through the HP Apps Studio starting in late 2009.
"Twenty-five years ago HP invented consumer printing and today we are taking advantage of the digital content explosion to reinvent the category with an entirely new printing platform – powered by touch and empowered by the web," says Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "By giving people access to the content they want at the touch of a finger, the ability to customize their printing experience and create their own apps, and enabling easy 'one touch' wireless setup, we are driving a significant shift in how people will be printing in the future."