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Canon Unveils Selphy ES40 Talking Photo Printer


So you thought there wasn't any room left for innovation in the realm of printers did you? Well that makes two of us. Two of us who are equally wrong it turns out because Canon's latest, the Selphy ES40, will talk you through the process of touching-up and printing photos. Clever, no?

As per a number of other Canon printers, image editing facilities are provided on the ES40, so that photos can be tweaked and printed direct from a camera or memory card, without the need for a computer. The ES40 features a 3.5in, 230k dot LCD for previewing images, and changes to them. Unlike other printers, however, Voice Guidance, as it is called, will provide instructions such as "select a colour" or "select the area for printing" as well as offering audio prompts to help fix problems, like low paper or ink levels.

The ES40 has a max resolution of 300 x 600dpi, will churn out a postcard sized print in 55 seconds, ‘L Size' prints in 47 seconds and credit card sized prints in 33 seconds. A Bluetooth adaptor is available, enabling wireless printing from a compatible device, such as a phone or netbook.

The Selphy ES40 will cost £180 when is launches in September.



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August 21, 2009, 8:19 pm

I used to have a Lexmark printer years ago with a similar feature. I still remember with fondness the crisp, authoritative tone as it used to remind me to "Please load paper in the auto-sheet feeder". You need never feel lonely when carry out a heavy print-job.


August 21, 2009, 8:52 pm

George Orwell got the date wrong instead of 1984 it should have been 2024. Soon very soon printers will be taking the pictures and sending it off to SkyNet which will send it to Colossus and make us buy OEM inks, toners and their paper. Soon we will have printers telling us were and when we can go, what to do and when to do it. What is this world coming too?

We are almost there anyway so just set back and enjoy the ride there is not much you can do.


August 21, 2009, 9:54 pm

@StephenW - I have an old multi-function Lexmark printer which talks back too. Or it did for about the first 3 seconds it tried, after which the feature was disabled!


August 24, 2009, 1:41 am

I remember training engineers on Lexmark laser printers back in the mid 1990's - back then the speech came via a PC running their 'MarkVision' software - do I take it from the above comments that Lexmark now include the speech feedback directly from the printer itself?

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