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FUTURE: PRINT DRIVEN BY INTERNET

May 3, 2001 12:00 AM


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Look for more print to move to the Internet. According to Vyomesh Joshi, president of Hewlett-Packard (HP) Imaging and Printing Systems (Palo Alto, CA), the world of the future will be Web-enabled, allowing content to be personalized and delivered anywhere. He says printing systems will become Internet-driven information appliances that capture, distribute and print information anywhere.
"The world is moving from being PC-centric to being services-centric," contends Joshi. "The Internet is key here."
HP recently introduced a series of LaserJet printers for the home and office that allow customers to scan documents directly to the Web, remotely manage printers and supplies, and print information directly from wireless devices. The HP LaserJet 4100 is a workgroup printer that can potentially interact with e-services, cell phones and handheld devices. The LaserJet 3200 and 3200m, for small offices and telecommuters, perform printing, copying, faxing and color scan-to-Web. The LaserJet 2200 has an infrared port for wireless printing from mobile devices; and the 1200 and 1220 allow the scanning and sending of color documents via e-mail, converting of documents to digital format, and the scanning of color images to the Web.