Portable devices might have replaced paper tickets, but holding up your smartphone to welcome home a loved one just doesn't have the same emotional impact as a large banner that can now be printed on demand at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.
HP just spent millions (presumably, the exact figure isn't out yet) on a German printing software company called Hiflex. At this point, I'm pretty sure HP has reliable intel that we're just months away from a printing-based dystopian economy. Like Waterworld, but with toner.
When you shatter your kneecap, the surgeon may use an implanted scaffold to coax your bones to knit back together properly. But what happens to the scaffold once you're healed? With this new system, the scaffold just melts away.
Bridging the gap between your smartphone and the morning paper, the Little Printer creates tiny digests culled from news sources, social networks, and other subscriptions giving you something physical to read on your commute to work.
A team of Columbia researchers say they've discovered an exploit involving the embedded systems found in printers in which hackers can gain control of the device and rewrite the firmware without anyone knowing, and then use that to steal information or potentially cause printers to catch fire.
They're never as cheap as online solutions, but there's something to be said for the immediate gratification you get from automated kiosks. And now custom smartphone cases can be added to the list of things you can buy from a machine.
Printers aren't exciting. They're printers! We make fun of them, and of HP for stuffing them full of apps. But professional-photography-grade printers? Yeah, we care about those. And Canon's new PIXMA PRO-1 inkjet is really dang impressive.
Two wrongs don't make a right. I think I learned that as a 4-year-old. Apparently, HP and Condé Nast skipped out on that life lesson because they're combining two dying things — print media and printers — to create the unholiest of unions: