Imagine staying overseas and asking your hotel to provide your local paper.
That is the promise of Hewlett-Packard’s LaserJet 8150, whose ChaiServer Embedded Virtual Machine (EVM) lets the printer execute Java applications.
HP has also released in New Zealand an inkjet printer that can print wirelessly from compatible mobile devices.
HP Asia-Pacific LaserJet product manager Jennifer Kellogg hailed the death of the printer and rise of the information appliance at the launch of the products in Auckland last week.
That doesn't mean printer sales will stall, the company says: It expects to sell as many printers from 2000 to 2002 as it did in the 15 years to 1999.
Kellogg says the LaserJet 8150, which will range in price from about $6000 to $26,000, has embedded software which could email a hotel guest's request to have their local paper printed for them wherever they happen to be.
HP New Zealand managing director Barry Hastings says some newspaper-type services already exist in the US from major dailies.
“Their back end is web-connected. The e-server is the software. They will build me a newspaper which will be delivered to my door,” he says.
The embedded webserver combined with HP Web JetAdmin software offers remote management from a standard web browser. It allows email alerts, real-time status updates and diagnostics, firmware upgrades, dynamic self-help messages and online consumables management.
Another new device, the HP Deskjet 990 cxi Professional Series, allows wireless printing from ., without the need to first download into a computer.
It costs $933 (ex GST).