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HP's TopShot LaserJet Pro M275  (Source: chipchick.com)
HP just announced a series of new mobile and 3D printing capabilities at its Imaging and Printing Conference last Thursday

Hewlett-Packard may have recently trashed its TouchPad tablet and accompanying webOS platform, but that doesn't mean it's giving up on mobile technologies for good.

HP just announced a series of new mobile and 3D printing products at its Imaging and Printing Conference last Thursday that will help HP home and business customers embrace useful technologies on-the-go.

HP's latest peripherals allow users to print directly from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Customers can now print from mobile devices via peer-to-peer connection without network or Internet access via HP ePrint Wireless Direct and supported HP printers.

In addition, HP will release a new HP Printer Control app for those running iOS 4.2 or greater on their iPhones. This app allows a user to control their printer wirelessly, monitor the printer's status, and scan documents and photos from a supported HP scanner to Google Docs, Facebook or email through the phone. This app does not have a confirmed release date yet.

There will also be a basic HP ePrint Home and Biz app for iOS, Android, tablets and Symbian phones due out later this month, which allows for simple printing tasks through mobile devices.

While mobile printing provides convenience, HP is also looking to provide a whole new finished product when you print, scan or copy with the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 -- HP's first color multifunction product (MFP) with TopShot Scanning to capture images of 3D objects.

The TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 allows users to scan/capture images of 3D objects, and send them to the Web through business apps. Users can also print from a mobile device wirelessly without a network, and is compatible with Apple's Airprint for wireless printing from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

HP's TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 offers a list of features, including 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen; an ARM 11 embedded processor at 600 MHz; scan resolution up to 245 dpi; copy resolution up to 600 x 600 dpi; monthly volume of up to 20,000 pages; 150-sheet input tray; print speeds of up to 17 ppm black or 4 ppm color, and standard connectivity with 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 1 Fast Ethernet 10/100Base-TX and 1 Wireless 802.11 b/g/n.

The TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is due to be released in November 2011, and the price is unknown at this point.


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Misleading headline
By chmilz on 9/12/2011 12:07:37 PM , Rating: 5
What, the & isn't good enough for the headline? Here I was looking for an HP mobile 3D printing article.




RE: Misleading headline
By Manch on 9/12/2011 12:14:48 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah it was a bit confusing. I didnt pay attention to the mobile part, I only opened the article because of the 3D printing. Not what i thought it was.


RE: Misleading headline
By wyrmslair on 9/12/2011 1:36:26 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, me too. HP being a massive 2D printer manufacturer, I was expecting that they were announcing getting into 3D printing. I have an official interest there based on our company actually owning two Stratasys units... HP as a competitor would have brought all kinds of competition to this market.

3D Scanning on the other hand, meh. Nice idea, could be useful. Hell, the mobile based printing options are far more interesting to the masses as that has historically been a PITA with most smartphones I've used.


RE: Misleading headline
By tastyratz on 9/12/2011 1:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you
I was hoping for a more consumer friendly price point large manufacturer 3d printer solution, but I guess we should just throw darts at the titles of these articles? I was excited... and now I am not.


RE: Misleading headline
By kleinma on 9/12/2011 1:40:48 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry, HP will cancel them anyway after a month on the market.


RE: Misleading headline
By Manch on 9/13/2011 12:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
Sweet I'll get the deluxe model for $150 vs the $800 do it yourself kit!


RE: Misleading headline
By Fritzr on 9/13/2011 1:46:29 AM , Rating: 2
I was also looking for the 3D printer. HP has had 3D scanners for many years now ... in the past they were simply called cameras :P


dang HP drivers
By murray13 on 9/12/2011 7:04:02 PM , Rating: 2
This could be the next big thing, but HP will kill it by not supporting Windows 8. The drivers won't work with anything after Win7.

Survey, how many have had a fully functional HP printer/scanner and not be able to use it ONLY because the drivers don't support the OS you are using today?




RE: dang HP drivers
By Smartless on 9/12/2011 8:28:16 PM , Rating: 2
Um they won't support Windows 8? Where does it say that? Most times printer drivers aren't supported is if the OS is changed drastically from say 32bit to 64bit. So far, I've only had driver problems with printers that have long been discontinued like the HP Lazerjet 5000 in which case, we have an old computer to handle the old printer. haha.

As for 3D scanning... Can you print a 3D picture or send 3D images using it? It says its for business and product images... Sounds like a gimmick.


From number one to no one.
By drycrust3 on 9/13/2011 11:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
but that doesn't mean it's giving up on mobile technologies for good

One of the other headlines on Daily Tech today was about how more than half of internet users will access the internet via a mobile device by 2015. The three most likely means of doing that are via notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.
HP Tablet = gone.
HP Smart phones = gone.
Notebooks = going ... going ... gone!

In short: In the next 4 years there will be hundreds of millions of users who will want a means to access the internet and HP has given up wanting to be the that means, even though they have the capability and experience to do it!
If I was a shareholder, then I think I would be selling my shares while they still have some value.
I think both Hewlett and Packard would express discontent with the current direction the board of directors is taking the company in.




More affordable 3D Printer
By darrencoil on 9/23/2011 2:43:35 PM , Rating: 2
One of the great things about technology is that it keeps evolving. We have created a 3D printer that uses subtraction techniques to dramatically reduce the time to print (on average about 1/20th that of additive machines) and more importantly, the cost. With our materials as low as $0.06/in^3, we have made 3D printing affordable. Check out 2BOT.com




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