We all know tablets are a hot technology topic right now, but does that mindshare momentum translate into cold hard cash? According to HP, the answer is yes. HP’s executive vice president of the Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley, pegs the tablet market at $40 billion over the next few years. What else did HP’s EVP have to say? How about this: “Next year, Palm will sell 15 million printers that use WebOS,” and “the smartphone market is a $100 billion market.” Those are some pretty lofty numbers. Mr. Bradley also noted that his company’s strategy in acquiring webOS was to have a consistent interface for both phones and tablets. Hopefully, we’ll see that interface, running on production hardware, very soon.