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HP All-in-One Printer Remote

 

Recently I was talking with someone from the HP printer group about some of the Android applications HP has written to support printing. He showed me one that actually has a number of uses called: HP All-in-One Printer Remote. It incorporates some very useful technology:

It does the things you would expect a printer tool to do like check status of your HP Printers and All-in-One devices that are attached to your Wi-Fi network. It supports HP printer with “ePrint” on it.

Status like:

  • Is it out of paper? Is the device busy?
  • How much ink and toner are left.
  • The name and number of ink cartridges and toners my printer uses?
  • Scan from your scanner, from glass or document feeder.

It also lets you do some interesting things with the camera on your phone:

  • Scan document using the camera on the phone, and enhance it with HP’s mobile scanning technology.
  • Save and Share scanned and camera captured document to cloud and email.
  • Create multi-page .pdf file from scanned images and camera captured images

Have you ever had to take a quick snapshot of a business card and it comes out looking more like a trapizoid than a rectangle. This little app can fix that and make the business card look quite nice, finding the corners, squaring up the letters and equalizing the color background… It even removed some stains from the card I tried it on. Sorry I had to blur out some of the details, since we can't be too careful now a days.

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The original version was at an angle with the top 20% smaller than the bottom. An interesting tool to have around.

 

3D printing with movable parts

I’ve mentioned on this blog before the advances in 3D printing (large and small scale and using a variety of materials) . This video shows that it can be taken to a whole other level of complexity.

 

Tags: 3D| printing| Trends
Labels: 3D| printing| Trends

Is web printing smart enough?

I spent the this week working out at HP labs on a number of activities and during one of them I was exposed to a tool call SmartPrint. It appears to have been around for a while but may not have gotten the exposure that it needs.

 

When browsing web content we all are exposed to websites that have a portion of the displayed material that we’d like to pass on to others and sections of material that is irrelevant to share. That’s part of the reason the web is free – this other “irrelevant” content pays for it all. For example, here is a recent article from Enterprise Irregular Dion Hinchcliffe in ZDNet.

 

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Some parts I want, other material (even though it is from HP :-) is irrelevant to share. With HP SmartPrint, it can figure out what is the primary material and select it for printing.

 

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Now if I print it, only the primary content is used. There are features to select other material (like the summary in this case) as well. It also can attempts to aggrigate multi-page material as well, fortunately there are fewer websites that do this all the time.

 

Many sites support the ability to have a “mail-able” version of content, but when they don’t, this is quite handy.

The current public version does not support IE9 yet, but earlier versions are supported. You can see from the pictures above that an IE9 compatible version is not far off. This effort is a side effect of HP labs work related to recognizing content… so there could be some problems since it is a research project, but I found it useful.

 

This also fits into the model I've mentioned before about trying to automate normal. If the computer can identify the main areas and stitch material together from multiple pages -- go for it. I can focus on other things.

Tags: HP Labs| printing
Labels: HP labs| printing
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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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