Film? Photo Shop? Who Needs 'Em?
AT SONNY'S HOUSE
HP along with many other companies, sells digital cameras so shutterbugs can easily crop, print, and save photos on their home PCS. HP and its partners are developing technology so photo-quality images--not the grainy Internet pics of today--can be zapped over the Web with a few mouse clicks.
AT GRANNY'S HOUSE
The digital mailbox, a follow-on to today's printer, would be an easy-to-use, VCR-like appliance for the living room. Attached to the TV, it would deliver not just photos, but greeting cards, photo-E-mails, product brochures, and even articles from the latest edition of Needlepoint Today.
Given the poor resolution and high price of today's digital cameras, this will be HP'S biggest market near-term--scanning precious old photos into PCs, where they can be cleaned up and put online.
Publishers that want to deliver information electronically, rather than pay postage or delivery costs, would need powerful image servers. Ditto for retailers that want to send the latest coupon or brochure to their customers--or photo shops that want to store customer photos online.
ON THE ROAD
HP Envisions hybrid camera/cell phones and is developing technology so pictures could be easily sent over the airwaves to a printer or image server.
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