Back in the Easter holidays we were invited by Hewlett Packard to attend their #HPFreeYourPics event in London to learn more about the technology behind their inkjet printers. Their resident Ink Expert, Thom Brown, would be there to teach us more about the technology inside their inkjet printers. It was promised to be a fun and interactive event for the kids, so the entire geek family headed down to London for what promised to be a good day out.
The event was held at the lovely Maggie & Rose club in London, and Hewlett Packard really delivered on their promises. The kids learned how the pictures printed by Hewlett Packard inkjet printers are made up of lots of tiny dots, and had a go at producing pictures like that themselves.
And they got to try squirting drops of water onto a target to see if they could be as accurate as the HP printers are!
At the end of the event, Hewlett Packard issued us all with a challenge. They pointed out that more and more of us are using our mobile phones as our main family camera (I know I certainly do), and for many of us the pictures just stay on the mobile phone. If you look at your fridge you’ll probably find that it’s full of out of date pictures that never get replaced. And of course Hewlett Packard have a solution for this – with an HP Instant Ink subscription and wireless printing direct from your phone it’s easy to print out more recent pictures and keep your fridge up to date!
I am certainly guilty of this. We got home and took a long look at our fridge, and discovered that everything on it is pretty out of date now.
There is still a photo of the geekson from nursery, which is at least 18 months old:
Even worse, there is still a photo of the geekdaughter at nursery, which is at least 4 years old!
And probably most shameful of all there is a photo frame which still contains the sample picture it came with as we’ve never replaced it!
There are some parts of my fridge I don’t want to change though. We are building a collection of fridge magnet photos from theme parks, and I am looking forward to this developing as the kids grow and ride bigger and better rollercoasters!
Now at this point Hewlett Packard wanted me to spend some time updating my fridge, and share the results of the transformation with you. They even gave me a load of fun magnets to help me in this task. And whilst I know that my HP ENVY 4500 prints photographs beautifully, and my HP Instant Ink subscription means I need never worry about running out of ink every again, there is one barrier to my putting fresh photos on my fridge, and that barrier is something Hewlett Packard can’t help me with.
My barrier is time. Since the #HPFreeYourPics event we’ve had a week’s holiday away, and then I had my little operation, and now I’m busily trying to catch up with all my work after all of that. So I’m afraid all that has happened to our fridge is that all the extra magnets we were given have joined everything else that was already there, and the whole thing is looking more crowded, and no less up to date, than ever.
Maybe a project for the summer…
I hope that this post might inspire you to take a look at your own fridge, and see if your photos are as out of date as mine! And if you’re looking for a good quality photo printer, I recommend the HP ENVY series – inexpensive, good quality printers which are easy to set up and use. The current model in the series is the HP 5530, which is available at Amazon (affiliate link) for just £59 at the moment.
Disclosure: We were invited to the #HPFreeYourPics in London, and Hewlett Packard paid our travel costs and provided a goodie bag at the end of the event. All words and opinions (and fridges!) are my own. The Amazon link in this post contains my affiliate ID – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment at no extra cost to you.