Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Interesting niche gadget: HP's Presto

I kept hearing a radio ad for Presto from HP, so I decided to look it up and find out more about it.

It is an interesting niche gadget and service. It is intended for those who want to receive email (with our without photos) but do not want to deal with a computer. The system has two components-- the HP Presto printer (kinda like a receive-only color fax machine) that plugs into the regular phone line and the Presto service which is $9.99 per month. Each owner gets a email address and the ability to limit who their messages are allowed to come from. Any approved user can send an email with embedded photos and can even format the email to look stylish. The Presto printer uses a single ink cartridge and regular paper. There is even a tone that can be played whenever new email has arrived. The user schedules when the device dials out and retrieves the email.

It remains to be seen how popular it becomes!


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