Have you heard of UltraViolet? It’s a digital service that allows dads, moms, and kids to upload, store and watch their favorite movies whenever and wherever they want. I tried out the service recently with three of Sony Pictures’ UltraViolet movies: Men in Black (I and II), Moneyball, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The movies were great on my Blu-ray player, but I also loved watching the UltraViolet movies on my iPod touch and Nook Color. The playback was very smooth. Best of all, I didn’t have to use software to convert my movies into a format that can be played on my mobile devices. The cloud service took care of that for me, and the process was easy and very quick.
Last week, HP announced their new ePrint technology. With the ePrint platform, geek dads and moms can print a photo or document by sending an email to a web-enabled printer. You read that right. You can email your document to your printer. Cool. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago when dads and moms could only print to the printer attached to their computer. Now the printer doesn’t even have to be on the same network. The pace of technology is amazing, isn’t it? I can’t wait until the day I can email myself to another location (just think, Star Trek would not have been the same if Captain Kirk could’ve just emailed himself back to the Enterprise).
I think the new ePrint platform is something dads and moms will like for several reasons. First, if you can email it, you can print it. Second, you don’t have to install drivers or configure your printer for the network. Third, you don’t even need a computer to print a file. Now, dads and moms can print directly from their web-connected device (smartphone, iPad, netbook, etc) to any ePrint-enabled printer.