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HP to launch 'intelligent' printers

28 February 2012

Mike Lynch, who is in charge of HP's information management business, told the Financial Times that the printers would be able to take advantage of the powerful search software from Autonomy, a software company that originated at Cambridge University.

The software could also be used in HP's computers and mobile software. Mr Lynch said the new devices could be in the hands of consumers as soon as late this year.

It is part of an effort to bring the company more directly into competition with firms like Microsoft and Google.

From what we can tell, it doesn't mean you'll be able to search for things on the internet via your printer.

What it looks like is that your printer will become more responsive and intuitive, an intelligent storage device that might even be able to help you with day-to-day jobs.

Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester, a tech research group, put it better than we did.

He told the FT: "It would create an electronic document storage system that could be linked to an online HP service.

"The printer might even be able to say 'hey that looks like an insurance document and the last date of the insurance is coming up, do you want to renew?'"

Sounds interesting, huh?

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23/08/2012 02:29


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