Yes - you heard me right. Printing through a mobile phone. How do I do that?
I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you an experimental/beta service that allows users to share, store, and print documents easily using your mobile phone.
It is called CloudPrint and it was developed by HP Labs. Perhaps you don't always carry around your laptop, but probably always carry around your mobile phone. Perhaps you received an e-mail on your Blackberry or browsed an interesting article on the web? If you could only print it instead of viewing it on that tiny mobile phone screen!
In the past, you would have tried to figure out how to email a copy of the document to your notebook or synch up you phone to another mobile device. And forget about trying to directly print from a mobile phone directly to a printer (although hp has developed some phone-specific solutions for Nokia).
With CloudPrint, you can take your mobile phone to any networked printer and "print" your documents. There is no need to synch up - just receive them from the "Internet Cloud" and print them to a local printer. There are several interesting use models:
- Print email attachments, data or Web pages from your mobile device. Send what you want to print to the CloudPrint virtual print server. The server stores a copy and sends an SMS to your device with a reference ID. When you enter the code on the CloudPrint site, the server converts your data to a PDF, ready to print.
- Print documents stored on the CloudPrint virtual server. Before you travel, download the CloudPrint driver to your PC and save files to the server. The server sends your laptop or mobile device a unique code for each file. When you're on the road, enter the code to CloudPrint, and you're ready to print.
- Can't find a printer? CloudPrint’s online Find a Printer service can help you locate one nearby. The service also lets you print files – even vacation photos you shoot with your camera phone –back to your home or office printer (I am sure the boss will like that) or that of a friend.
Go ahead and give the service a try an tell me what you think.
I wanted to post this entry today because I am excited that HP's Imaging and Printing Group is making some significant announcements around their portfolio of environmental printing solutions. HP today unveiled a series of products, tools, services and initiatives that help customers minimize their environmental impact when it comes to imaging and printing.
We believe these Eco Solutions are industry-leading and in many cases, represent significant improvements of our products and solutions on many environmental fronts. HP has always cared about green issues and the environment. In fact, most large companies want to look green - to cover themselves with a green flag. However, I believe HP has gone further than most because we can point to really tangible things we have implemented or are in the process of implementing.
Here are some of the key announcements:
HP Eco Highlights The company’s is debuting new HP Eco Highlights label on two LaserJet printers. The new label from HP makes it easy for customers to identify HP products with environmental attributes-
- HP LaserJet P4015x,
- LaserJet P4515x, and
- LaserJet P4515xm (the P4515xm is EMEA only) as well as the
- HP Deskjet D2545.
These new LaserJet products and the Deskjet will be the FIRST HP products to include the new Eco Highlights label. It makes it easy for customers to identify HP products with environmentally preferable features and will be used company-wide across all products segments. The Eco Highlights label will appear in places where customers typically look for information on HP’s offerings, such as packaging, the Web and data sheets.
HP Printer Auto-on/Auto-off
This is HP's next breakthrough in Instant-On technology. The printer powers off on its own after inactivity (using less than one watt of power) and powers back on when it senses activity
HP Carbon Footprint Calculator for printing
This calculator allows customers to compare the carbon footprint of their existing printer fleet to newer models to understand how they can reduce their carbon footprint on the environment. The calculator looks at printer energy and paper use, the carbon impact of usage and energy spend based on geography. Look for it online towards the end of June or contact our sales team to work with you to build out some estimated costs.
Clear Packaging Design
On high-end HP LaserJet printers HP will, on average, cut the volume of packaging materials in half. HP is the first in the technology industry to apply this method to printing products which eliminates the need for an outer corrugated box and extensive foam packaging. The outer plastic is made from the same recyclable materials as plastic milk jugs, and customers will have less packaging to manage when they receive their products. HP will use it to ship recently introduced products such as the HP LaserJet M5035x MFP.
HP Paper Policy
Building on its legacy of environmental leadership, HP is pledging to reduce the environmental impact of the papers that the company buys, uses, and sells by establishing one of the most comprehensive paper policies in the industry – spanning both papers sold to customers and those used by HP in packaging, collateral and office-printing.
With some of these enhancements, we have goals to improve the overall energy efficiency of HP's ink and laser printing products by 40% by 2011 and to surpass 250 million cumulative HP inkjet and LaserJet cartridges recycled in 2008, thereby helping the company reach its goal of recovering two billion pounds of computing and printing equipment by 2010.
HP’s Imaging and Printing Group is enabling enterprise customers to save power and paper. HP has helped several Fortune 500 customers see up to a 30 percent reduction in their carbon footprint using technologies such as the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator, Instant-on Technology, duplexing, Universal Print Driver, pull printing technologies and Web Jetadmin. HP IPG is the first business to roll out offerings under the company-wide Eco Solutions program, a collection of eco-conscious products, solutions and services.
More information about the company’s work in relation to the environment is available at www.hp.com/environment. The full press release of this announcement can be found at www.hp.com/go/ecosolutions.
I would like to hear from you on ways you money to print in a more environmentally friendly way. How do you do it? Please share out your strategies and ideas. I welcome your thoughts.
HP today announced a very broad expansion of its imaging and printing portfolio for large businesses. Our latest offerings help enterprises simplify their imaging and printing environments and improve workflows to reduce costs and enhance productivity, all with an eye towards security.
1-Six HP LaserJet printers,
2-An enterprise-class scanner for document capture,
3-Three access control printing solutions,
4-Four printing services
5-An accreditation, certification and test program for HP’s software solution development partners.
These new printer and MFP products and solutions are focused on the "managed" print environment. When we talk about "managed" environments, what we are really saying is the device maintainer is an IT department or equivalent organization.
HP is investing a lot in this space because we believe printers and printer-based MFP's provide a superior, more cost-effective total cost of ownership alternative to copier-based products that are still used in many offices today. In addition with printer-based MFP products, there is an improvement in manageability of devices and an enhancement of paper-based workflow solutions.
With workflow solutions, we believe they can be better automated to increase accuracy and productivity while reducing costs. Our strategy is that with printer-based products, we can better enable the following things:
1. Optimize Infrastructure - Gain visibility and control. Create a cost effective, reliable and secure printing and imaging environment.
2. Manage Environment - Free up your IT resources with efficient printing and imaging management tools and services
3. Improve Workflow - transform document-intensive workflows and information management with end-to-end solutions and services
My team and I are excited because these products have been in the product development process for some time and are being announced today. It is a birthday of sorts.
For those of you that have the issue, PC World ran an article about it some time ago. There is a print utility out there called DOS Printer that claims to be able to print from DOS applications under Windows.
There are plenty of links out there on various configurations, hardware, and software that will help you print from DOS applications with more recent printers running Windows.
I can't claim that any of these will work for any specific printer, but the resources are out there. If you have a way that works for you and would like to share it, please post it to the blog and share your experiences with the rest of us. I would like to hear from you.