updated 12:35 pm EST, Wed January 28, 2009
Surface-like photo printer
Sony is experimenting with the concept of a photo printer using technology similar to Microsoft's Surface computer, patent filings suggest. The application depicts a flat-topped inkjet printer, whose main surface would be dominated by a touchscreen. To sync photos with the system owners would simply place a camera on top of the screen, initiating a wireless download; the screen could then be used to select photos for printing, or simply to browse images on a larger display.
The size of a potential printer is unknown, but it would be unlikely to support 8x10 formats due to the expense of touchscreen technology. Patent drawings also depict the device opening like a notebook, though whether this would be for scanning or simply maintenance is unknown.