This is different. HP is introducing a printer that connects to the Internet, has a touch screen, and needs no computer to function. According to one article, the device is meant to print out stuff from the likes of Google such as documents, maps and so forth. HP states that the printer will be called the HP Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web. The all-in-one printer costs $399.

According to VentureBeat it also states that:

Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of printing and imaging at HP, said using the printer to print out coupons from could save users enough money to offset the cost of the printer itself. About 327 billion coupons are printed each year, but overall coupon use is declining with the fall of newspaper readership (newspapers are the primary source of coupons). With this printer, you can go directly to a variety of sites, find coupons, and then print them out with a push of your finger (see image below). The same process works with movie tickets, printed from the movie discount ticket site Fandango.

Google says 30 percent of people who look at Google Maps will print a page. That’s about 30 million of the 100 million who visit Google Maps every day. Nickelodeon, meanwhile, will make children’s activity books available for the printer. You can also print out stories from USA Today.

Joshi said  new applications can easily be added to the printer, since HP will openly share the applications programming interface (API). It takes a few weeks to customize apps for the printer.

Consumers can add apps to their printers by looking at the HP Apps Studio and selecting the apps they want.

But even though the printer is quite functional, Joshi said users won’t be using the browser to surf the web. The usage scenarios should be simpler than using a computer, not more complex, he said.

He said he doesn’t expect the apps to cost money, since HP already makes revenue from selling the printers and ink.

Interesting concept. But it makes one wonder how popular the printer will be. Plus at $399 it seems pricey.

What do you think? Would you buy one of these?

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