HP just eliminated one more step in the home print process: The computer as middle man.
The new Photojet Premium announced today connects directly to Internet and sports a pretty spiffy touch screen interface. Scroll through application icons, touch to be taken to the Web site, access the information or object then hit print. Initially, this will launch with several set partners, but HP plans to allow open application development like the iPhone. Currently there’s Fandango for direct movie ticket printing, Googlemaps, and Coupons.com to access just the ones you need before heading out the door. Print photos directly from Snapfish or even the morning paper from USA Today.
At $399, it’s not cheap but HP’s Vyomesh Joshi, was practically giddy over the coupon function. Is it just a sign of the times that making it easier to clip coupons is a selling point, or is that really a reason to buy this printer?