Sony Patents Surface-Like Touchscreen Printer

A new patent app from Sony reveals a pretty interesting inkjet printer that takes design cues from the Microsoft Surface.

Just looking at the “Image forming device, having an ejection tray, and a display is mounted to a cover” pretty much explains the premise. You place the camera on the screen and your photos are downloaded a la Microsoft Surface. Once downloaded to the printer's internal memory, you can browse the photos through the touchscreen and select those you'd like to actually print.

The printer would be pricey for certain, but illustrations do show that the screen tilts vertically. If it could double as a nice digital photo frame, I could definitely see the appeal. Make it happen, Sony! [US Patent Office via Electronic Pulp and Engadget]