Moore’s Law for Inkjet Printers

Did you know that there exists a Moore’s Law (of sorts) for Inkjet printers? Given that how smart most of my readers are, I am assuming they knew that. But I had no clue, and it wasn’t up until I chatted with Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, the executive VP, Imaging and printing for Hewlett Packard. Actually I have never met anyone or talked to anyone who gets so jazzed up about Printers and Copiers. “Every 18 months, we are doubling our inkjet printer speed,” he says. The current generation of HP inkjets can print 18 million drops per second.” I think we will double again and continue to innovate and drive our speeds on this path.” What does it all mean? If you are a consumer, today it takes about 90 seconds to print a 4X6 photo. Soon enough, it will be down to 40 seconds, and faster and faster. Joshi predicts that in a few years we will be able to print 24 photos from our digital cards in less than a minute. Why? because that’s when the consumers are going to stop thinking about the option of going to the store to get their photo prints.

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