The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining more and more popularity and is slowly but surely becoming the next big thing on everyone’s lips. Namely, seeing how IoT makes our lives more practical and helps unleash the full potential of present-day technology, it is no wonder that it has already reached out to almost every single device in our household. Because of this, there could be no talk about the Internet of things without mentioning how it helps make our printers significantly more intelligent.
Printers are More Independent
Up until recently, printers heavily depended on the computers that governed them. Nevertheless, such a phenomenon is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Modern printers have near-PC-class CPUs and they are running on either Windows or Linux operating system. Consequently, today, they are more similar to computers than they are to their predecessors only a few generations back. This independence is precisely what enabled the internet of things to embed into printers so efficiently. Nowadays, you can just plug your printer in, supply it with enough ink cartridge and let it do the job on its own.
Unfortunately, not everyone is thrilled about company printers becoming the part of IoT. Just take a minute to think about what is it that we most usually decide to print. In a paperless era that 21st century is, printing material is usually something as crucial as strategy presentation, or even an offer letter. In any case, leaving these things out there in the open is never the safest choice. However, not everything is so grim. Being aware of this potential risk, industry giant Hewlett-Packard decided to step up once more and present their new service called simply HP Printing Security Advisory Services.
Though automated printing services have been available for some time now, thanks to the Internet of Things, it has undergone some radical improvements. The flagship of these new ideas is the notion of IFTTT (If This Then That). This allows you to compose a set of conditions that will act on your behalf, and on your benefit if given the right authorization. The applications of these “recipes” (as they are called) for printers are quite diverse. For example, now you can just tag a picture on Instagram that you like or even a clever Tweet and have it immediately printed.
Everything about these incredible devices attracts major attention. By using adequate software or firmware, you can simply connect your 3D printer to the internet, appending it to the network. Fortunately, unlike mobile devices, it does not require 24/7 connection to remain operational.
The most curious thing about the connection between 3D printers and the Internet of Things is that for once, it is the IoT that benefits more from such bond. Namely, while printing, 3D printer could implement three-dimensional codes right inside the material of the object, immediately becoming a part of the Internet of Things. In other words, 3D printers could be the necessary tool which could make IoT unleash its full potential in the nearest future.
As you can see, it is simply amazing what printers can do for the Internet of Things, as well as what the Internet of Things can do for them. We truly are living in an exciting time of unmatched technological advancement, and while some are terrified by its pace, others are more than happy to witness this in person. New pages in the history of human ingenuity are written every day.