Jeff Hayes and Jim Hamilton
Oct 29, 2014
Dion Weisler, EVP Printing & Personal Systems, HP
HP executive vice president Dion Weisler was on stage today for one of his biggest events: the introduction of two new products from HP’s Printing & Personal Systems group (soon to be HP, Inc.). In a live event in New York City that was webcast globally, Weisler and his team introduced two intriguing products designed to help customers unite the physical and digital worlds in a “Blended Reality” supported by HP technologies.
The first products to come out are Multi Jet Fusion, a 3D printer, and Sprout, an immersive computing platform.
Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer
Steve Nigro, senior vice president of HP’s Inkjet and Graphics businesses, unveiled publicly for the first time HP’s production 3D printer, a product that he said will “trigger the next industrial revolution” through ground-breaking speed, quality, and cost. While being limited on technical details, Nigro stated that HP has taken some of its 2D print assets and applied them in a new way to achieve speeds that are 10 times faster than any other technology on Read more »
Photo merchandise items like photo books, photo cards, and calendars remain very popular gift items in the U.S. market, but according to recent InfoTrends consumer surveys, the market is showing signs of slowing down. In InfoTrends’ 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, about 40% of respondents had bought photo merchandise products in the last year. This was virtually unchanged from the 2013 survey after showing growth the previous two years. InfoTrends believes that while a slowdown is inevitable as the photo merchandise market matures, there is still room for continued growth with targeted marketing efforts and promotions.
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Oct 3, 2014
According to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 21st Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, the average amount spent on CE gifts by U.S. adults this year will be $286, an increase of 15% from last year. The tech products that consumers most want to receive as gifts this holiday season are tablets (13%), notebook/laptop computers (11%), TVs (8%), smartphones (7%), and video game consoles (7%). At the bottom of the wish list are digital cameras, e-readers, Blu-ray players, and MP3 players (at 2% each), and desktop PCs (1%).
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Oct 1, 2014
In September, several vendors made announcements related to mobile printing, or with implications for printing from mobile devices.
Epson America announced that its latest inkjet devices are its first Mopria-certified printers. The company also launched the Epson Connect Solutions Finder to â€œhelp mobile users make sense of the numerous mobile printing solutions and apps currently available.
Screenshot from Epson Connect Solutions Finder webpage
Samsung has acquired mobile cloud printing solution provider PrinterOn. According to Samsung, the purchase is expected to reinforce Samsung’s expansive mobile ecosystem especially for the company’s B2B customers. PrinterOn then announced a new version of its enterprise software with several additions, including wide area network iOS printing, IPP print server and Oracle compatibility, as well as support for Fuji Xerox MFP-based reporting when using Equitrac. Read more »
Sep 25, 2014
Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2014
For the camera market, 2014 will be a tough year, with a continued decline in worldwide sales; 2015 could be better if manufacturers andÂ retailers adjust their mind-sets, strategies and product roadmaps to remain competitive.
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Sep 4, 2014
Smartphones have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, filling the role of not only a phone, but also a music player, GPS, calculator, calendar, flashlight, voice recorder, clock, camera, and many other functions depending on what apps are installed on it. The camera is one of the most popular functions used on the smartphone and many consumers now use a smartphone as their primary camera. In the InfoTrends 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, over 46% of respondents said the smartphone was the type of digital camera used most often, which was more popular than digital point & shoot cameras at just under 33%.
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Aug 28, 2014
Choosing places to stay and eat can be challenging when travelling to new cities and countries. Over the last few years, I have turned to the service TripAdvisor and have found it to be tremendously helpful. I find much of what I read from reviewers to be very valuable and in some cases, insightful. As my way of paying it forward to others, I regularly write reviews of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and places I have been to.
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Aug 22, 2014
Since 2005, InfoTrends has advocated for connected cameras. In the early days of smartphones, it was their built-in connectivity and the instant sharing that it enabled that helped to nibble away at low-end digital camera sales. Despite obstacles like mediocre image quality and expensive data plans, a large number of consumers chose the convenience of mobile photography over the superior image quality of even the simplest standalone cameras. Today (finally), more than half of the new cameras introduced by major manufacturers feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but is it enough to make a difference? Read more »
Aug 11, 2014
The 2014 Wearable Tech Expo was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City at the end of July. The conference was focused on the emerging wearable device market and offered a wide range of speakers from device manufacturers and component suppliers to service providers and fashionistas. It drew hundreds of attendees, intent on learning more about what was happening in this market.
Here are some of the key things we took away from the conference:Â Read more »
Jul 21, 2014
It should come as a surprise to no one that a majority of consumers now use a smartphone as their primary digital camera. For some, their smartphone might be the only camera they own “or perhaps even the only camera they have ever owned (see recent InfoBlog here). Read more »