Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) has introduced one of the first scanners on the market specifically designed to enable online photo-sharing using interactive television. The HP e-scanner draws on HP’s leadership role in the digital imaging arena and advances the company’s vision of creating easy-to-use Internet solutions by taking image sharing beyond the PC and into the living room.
The HP e-scanner joins with the HP e-printer, expected to be available in December, to provide interactive television users with a full digital imaging and printing solution. The HP e-scanner and e-printer will be compatible with Microsoft® WebTV® Plus receivers. The HP e-printer is also compatible with WebTV Classic receivers.
The HP e-scanner and e-printer are designed for use in the living room environment. Their compact sizes and sleek designs stack neatly with the WebTV Plus set-top box in the entertainment center.
“As digital imaging expands beyond the desktop, the HP e-scanner provides users with the simplest way to scan and share their photos — at the touch of one button — without having a PC or using software,” said Mary Peery, vice president and general manager, HP Digital Imaging Division. “HP is making the Internet work for our customers in the most personal way — by allowing them to share the special events in their lives with friends and family through the power of images and the Internet.”
“This is the first scanner, which joins a number of other peripherals targeting the growing market for information appliances,” said Ron Glaz, program manager for digital imaging research with International Data Corporation (IDC). “IDC projects that worldwide shipments of information appliances will exceed 45 million units in 2001. With this volume forecast, we expect to see an expanded array of digital imaging and printing solutions available to consumers.”