The Key Point Blog

04/18/2013

Keypoint Intelligence

Fujitsu Laboratories Limited recently introduced technology that may change the way we scan documents. Instead of controlling the scanner actions through the control panel or dedicated computer-based software, you’ll be able to scan using your finger and a projected user interface. The system projects scan controls on a flat surface, similar to the projection technology currently being used to replace keyboards. However, with the Fujitsu system, users can actually digitally move objects or scan images with the movement of a finger.

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04/17/2013

Keypoint Intelligence

After nearly four years of deliberation, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) has established environmental criteria for document imaging devices under the designation IEEE 1680.2. The certification originally covered PCs and monitors. For document imaging devices, the certification involves meeting 33 required criteria and 26 optional criteria from 10 categories:

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03/20/2013

Marlene Orr

Historically, inkjets have been slower than laser devices, and although high-capacity cartridges were available for business-class inkjets, the yields were generally lower than those available for business-class laser machines. Of course, the inkjets cost less and many offered a comparable cost per page, making them a good choice for low-volume environments. But those slower speeds and relatively low yield cartridges didn’t make them a good fit for higher-volume business environments. Until now, that is.

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03/18/2013

Keypoint Intelligence

In 2013, the landscape for MFPs will continue to evolve, with the industry focusing more on providing complete end-to-end solutions for business and less on traditional speeds and feeds. BLI’s survey of major MFP and printer manufacturers revealed a continuing trend away from page volume and toward software, services and connectivity that enables information to be manipulated more easily, whether from the MFP itself or from other input sources (such as mobile phones and tablets). Indeed, mobile printing apps were in place from virtually all manufacturers by the end of 2012, and in the next year the trend toward solutions-based marketing will result in increased offerings for numerous vertical markets as well as in managed print services.

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03/15/2013

Keypoint Intelligence

Whether through buying ENERGY STAR-qualified electronics or more fuel-efficient vehicles, the effects of climate change have many people changing their day-to-day activities. And the trend continues to spread despite economic constraints. But in addition to checking for eco-labels and reading BLI Environmental Test Reports to identify the most energy-efficient printers and MFPs, users can also change their printing habits for the better by using eco-friendly printing solutions.

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03/06/2013

Keypoint Intelligence

After several years of development, Canon took over Manhattan’s Classic Car Club on February 20 to unveil the MREAL System for Mixed Reality (MR), a new imaging solution that merges computer-generated virtual objects with reality in three dimensions. The technology is one of many that demonstrate the company’s wide reach in digital imaging, which goes far beyond cameras and document imaging devices like printers and MFPs. Consistently among the top recipients of US patents, Canon also makes broadcasting equipment, camcorders, and radiography and ophthalmic diagnostic equipment for use in medical fields.

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