Sunset Dream House: Fireplace 2.0, Internet TV, HP Media Server and ePrinters

I am a big fan of Sunset Magazine, They always present recipes, trips and decorating tips that I aspire to. I have also toured Sunset Dream Houses (houses where Sunset works with the developers to design and decorate the house) and always leave with great ideas. But, while I have a healthy dose of the “geek” gene, I don’t have the “decorator” gene – even if I do have an eye for knowing what looks good. So I like to leave decorating to the professionals.

That is why I was thrilled when HP offered me a chance to tour a local Sunset Dream house before it opened to the public. The Sunset Dream House I toured is in Los Gatos, CA and it is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting today (July 23) through August 15, 2010. I suggest everyone stop by because it is not only a beautiful remodel, but also a house that has something pushing TechMama into a techy frenzy: Family Media 2.0.

When I arrived at the house I was greeted by Kathi McCalligan (Sunset Home programs Director), Gordon Van Zuiden of cyberManor and Josh Schoonmaker  from HP. Josh is involved with the HP Smart Home program. I originally became fascinated with HP’s vision of the home after seeing the HP technology at the Disneyland Innoventions Dream Home. I appreciate that Ann Finnie from HP supports my smarthome obsession and was kind enough to invite me to the tour.

We all sat down to discuss the house design and technology. Of course, I asked for all the details and here are some highlights from our discussion:

  • The Sunset Dream Home was designed as a seamless integration of technology and design.
  • Technology, now part of the tools needed for school, social, entertainment and more, should be a seamless experience in the home.
  • There are sophisticated technology systems in more
    expensive homes, but there are also more budget friendly options providing enormous value in smaller spaces.
  • Sunset brought together
    traditional and new technology, connecting TV to the network and antique photos with digital photo frames.
  • Technology is presented with a “real family lives here” vision rather than as science fiction.

Here are the schematics  (below, implemented by cyberManor) of the technology behind the Sunset Dream House in Los Gatos and a description of the technology from the cyberManor website.

“cyberManor integrated and deployed the HP ( and Control4 (
family of hardware and software products to provide a seamless,
reliable, and easy to use method for the control of the electronic home
entertainment, lighting and comfort equipment from several in wall
keypads, touchscreens and universal remote controls.”

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HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web: World’s First Web-Connected Printer

I dropped the kids off at camp this morning and headed to the HP Reveal press conference to hear a briefing on a *mystery* product. As someone that loves mysteries, I could not wait to get there and find out what it was. I missed the press conference because of camp drop off timing, but I did demo the product and talked with the HP Marketing/Engineering staff – who were all very eager to hear what moms would look for in the product. Luckily I had another mom blogger with me to also discuss ideas ( @Vdog).

And the mystery product is….."The world’s first web-connected printer:  HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web".

Here are details from their press release:

"HP introduced a category-changing product and an entirely new web-based printing platform with HP apps. Powered by touch, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web – the world’s first Web connected home printer – allows people simple access to popular and personal online content PC.

Additionally, HP apps allow people to connect instantly with fun, informative and personal content. People can easily access these Print Apps via the printer’s 4.33-inch touchscreen – the largest LCD touchscreen of any all-in-one inkjet printer on the market – to print maps, coupons, movie tickets and more from their favorite web sites including USA TODAY, Google, Fandango and"

What does this mean for moms/parents/kids? Basically the new printer allows the user to access the web for select applications on a touchscreen and then print via wireless – without using a computer. The applications need to be developed for the Photosmart with TouchSmart Web, similar to the applications that are developed to use on the iPhone. The target is for the printer to launch this fall. The HP App Studio (SDK -developer kit) will be available in the beginning of the new year after the launch. This will allow the people to create their own applications. The target retail price for the United States is $399.

The printer does not have internal storage so it is not a replacement for a computer. What it does offer is the time saving functionality to print directly from the web from one gadget (the printer) via the house wireless system. The Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web also includes PictBridge, Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, as wells as CF, SD, and MS-Duo slots. The extra slots allow users, for example, that use SD flash cards in their digital cameras to insert them directly into the printer for printing pictures.

More technical details will be released soon. 


Here are some of the pictures I took at the HPreveal:

 HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web:


Vdog is displaying a picture printed on the HP Photosmart with TouchSmart Web.


Here is a close-up of the front of the printer with the touchscreen for web access.


The HP Photosmart with TouchSmart Web can also scan, copy and fax (for faxing, the printer must be hooked up to a phone line).


This is a picture of the touch keypad input screen.


This picture shows the coupons application.


And here is the coupon that was printed at our demo.


The ink cartridges are in separate colors.


Photo tray that can handle many different types of paper (including photo and laser).


Here is an example of the screen to choose crafts to print.


You can also view movie clips (video streaming) from the Touchscreen. This picture is of the Monsters vs Aliens video that played screen during our demo.


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Giveaway: HP DV2 Notebook Campaign meets NBA Sweepstakes

NBA_Barnstar **Comments are closed because contest is over – When contest winners are announced – I will announce the gift certificate and contest winners.

**Update 6/14/09- NBA is still working on details.. winners will be announced soon..

As a mom I appreciate opportunities to engage my kids in playing sports and to see professional sports games with my kids as a bonding experience.  So when Techmamas was contacted to participate in the HP/Microsoft/NBA contest – I knew exactly what I wanted to do (read on to find out..). 


The HP/Microsoft website has an amazing sweepstakes going on until May 31  related to a HP DV2 Notebook campaign. Nm325ua_300

Here are the prizes for that contest:

  • Grand Prize: See Kevin Garnett and the Celtics play a home game in Boston,
    and an away game in a West Coast city! Includes VIP tickets, airfare,
    hotel and great HP gear. Grand Prize winner will be announced during NBA Draft 2009.
  • Five other
    lucky winners will receive a Kevin Garnett autographed basketball.

CLICK ONTO THIS LINK to enter the enter the sweepstakes. But after you do, there is a second opportunity that is being offered as EXCLUSIVE incentive.

EVEN MORE EXCITEMENT – CONTEST #2 readers have been selected, along with the readers from approximately two dozen other sites for an exclusive incentive for entering the sweepstakes. The contestants are "pooled" between all the blogs to find a winner.

Second exclusive contest details:

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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Two HP All-in-One Printers


Susan Bearman WINS the HP OfficejetPro 8500 Premier All-in-One

Mocha Mama WINS the HP Photosmart C8180 All-in-One


For Mother's Day, I always ask my husband for practical gifts and something non-practical but fun (like a new pair of earrings). From my kids, I ask for something home made. This year to cut costs I am just asking for practical gifts. All-in-one printers are tops on my list of practical gifts for moms.

My motto is "every mom is a work at home mom" because every mom (and family) needs access to a multifunctional printer at home for many different tasks. What I like about the All-in-one's are that they save space and time by offering scanning, printing and faxing in one gadget. Every day I find myself printing out my one of my son's homework, craft projects and printing/scanning documents for my own business, school volunteer or home tasks.

When I received the offer from HP to giveaway two of their All-in-one printers to my readers, I thought the timing was perfect (just before Mother's day). HP is merely the prize provider, I put together the following giveaway in honor of Mother's Day.


Please choose which prize package (1 or 2)  you are entering for the giveaway and comment with what functionality about that particular printer would be useful. Winners will be randomly chosen using Anyone who Twitter's the contest will get another entry into Hashtag is #TechmamaHPMomDay  TinyURL is


  • HP is merely the prize provider.
  • One entry per person
  • Participants must either BE A Mom or Dad – or give the prize to a Mom or Dad.
  • Individuals are only eligible to win ONE printer. Please choose one prize package.
  • Winners are limited by geography to US residents only.
  • We are not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Approximate value of prizes may vary.
  • The random winner will be chosen by, all decisions are final.

Contest will run from May 6 to May 8. At 8pm on May 8th comments will be closed and by 11pm that night the winners will be announced (separate winners for each printer).


OJP 8500 Premier

The HP OfficejetPro 8500 Premier All-in-One including: 

  • Extra HP 940XL Officejet Ink Cartridges (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)
  • HP Multipurpose Paper with ColorLok
  • HP Brochure & Flyer Paper (Glossy and Matte)

This printer can make a home as productive as an office. The HP OfficejetPRo 8500 can copy, print, scan or fax, print speeds equivalent to laser printing, can produce high quality professional looking printing at  home, touch screen controls, has storage for over 250 sheets of paper, built-in Ethernet and wireless networking, ability to only change particular color ink when it runs out, Energy Star qualified for energy savings – and double sided accessory for even conservation, four slots for memory cards such as flash memory from cameras, 50% less cost per page then laser. 

This post on the HP blog listed the 5 top reasons small businesses can hit "print" affordably. More info can be found on the Press release.  DIY Marketing Tips can be found on the SMB Marketing Guide. Low-cost marketing and branding designs, templates, photos and more for small business can be found at the HP Creative Studio.

PRIZE PACKAGE 2) For the Do-it-all Mom:


The HP Photosmart C8180 All-in-One including:

  • HP Photo Value Pack: This affordable combo of HP Vivera inks and HP Advanced Photo Paper1 includes a set of six HP 02 custom cartridges and 150 sheets of 4 x 6" Advanced Photo Paper
  • HP Advanced Photo Paper (So one lucky winner can print a house full of family photos, they have included 8.5×11, 5×7 size photo paper, too)
  • HP Brochure & Flyer Paper -Matte  (So the family can make all kinds of great, print-at-home crafts, selecting from hundreds of free projects from the HP Creative Studio)

The HP Photosmart C8180 not only prints lab quality photos but allows edit/sharing of the photos from the 3.5 interactive touch screen, archival of photos to CD's an DVD with the built in burner and a red-eye removal button. The printer also has true to life scanning, fast printing, built in wireless. The ink cartridges are individual so replacement is economical. Documents and photos can be printed from memory compatible cards.

For anyone looking to print their own cards for Mother's day, here is  a link to the HP Creative Studio that has information about printing cards (including Mother's Day), custom printing projects like calenders, photo CD's, crafts, games and more.

More info: There is also a current special offer from HP Direct : Save 25% on HP Photosmart C8180 All-in-One with built-in CD/DVD burner—just $299.99 Offer ends 5/9/09

Disclosure: is not paid or will receive any products for this giveaway.


Hero Daddy Delivers HP Magic Giveaway Prizes – On Video

Hero Daddy was the wonderful winner of the HP Magic Giveaway I had on I asked if he could provide me an update after he delivered the prizes to the organizations he mentioned he would "share" the magic with. He more then gave me an update, he gave me an update & a video!

I feel honored to know people like Hero Daddy – and thrilled that he shared his story with us. His website is "Project Seahorse" (they have a meaningful mission!).

Here is the email he sent with more details on his delivery:
Dear TechMama, HP and Other Kind People of the World,

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