Hanging out with printer engineers

I'm spending this week at the Ricoh Developers Conference. They have Java VMs in their big printers that enable developers to build applications into the printers. They are often specialized workflow management apps. If you were at JavaOne, you saw a simple (but valuable) one: print a document from your laptop, it goes to a master spool server, then walk over to any printer, stick in your badge, and out comes your document. When everything is on the network, the possibilities for end-to-end synergies are endless [Yuck: on re-reading that sentence, it's pretty clear that I've been spending too much time with marketoids].
September 18, 2007