Thursday, September 06, 2007

Presto, several months in....

A few months ago, I blogged about a new service called Presto, which allows you to email your mom or grandmother even if she does not have a computer. What happens is this: You send an email to her special email address, and the email - along with any attachments such as color pictures - simply prints out at her house. Presto!

I love this device because (a) it delights my mother (she can get quick email notes from her six kids scattered around the world, along with pictures of her grandkids) ; and (b) it elegantly solves a problem. Many older people are simply not comfortable with booting up a computer, logging onto email, figuring out how to launch attachments, and then figuring out how to print. In my mother's case, she can run her computer, but it is such a hassle that she rarely logs on.

The nice thing about Presto is that it only prints out emails from people on my mom's white list. So no spam. I can also think of many other enterprise-related uses for Presto - printing out orders and work tickets from customers and workflow colleagues automatically comes to mind.

So check this out. Even if you don't get one, you can admire it.