Would you like to own a pocket printer that fits comfortably in your pockets and you can carry it around with you anywhere in the world just like you carry your Smart Phone with you? Well you only have to wait until next year for the new release of the Pocket Printer into the printing industry market.
Zuta Labs (an Israeli start-up company) plans to release this new pocket printer early part of next year. This unique and innovative printer can fit snugly into anyone’s pocket and works with all different sizes of paper. This is because the robot (i.e. the printer) will move around a page while printing ink as it goes on to the paper. The team behind this pocket printer reports that the printer would be 11.5cm wide, 10cm high and weigh only 300grams. This printer would be ideal for anyone who is looking to print urgently, maybe on one or two pages on the go. For example it is perfect for printing a small contract, memos, notes, and electronic tickets for flights or train. You can already see the huge benefits this printer can provide.
Having raised over £260,000 of funding for this project, the company behind this pocket printer has given the thumbs up to proceed with it.
How does it work?
So you know that the device moves around a page and prints on to it as it goes. Simple. But how does it work. This compact pocket printer is fitted with an ink cartridge to a small robot inside the outer shell that crawls over a paper to portray the written texts, unlike a traditional printer that feeds paper through the printer.
At the base of the pocket printer there are a number of wheels that turns and drives in different directions so that the texts can be printed on to the paper in different lines. Even though the current prototype requires a wired connection in order to work, the team behind this innovative product states that the final product will be controlled by a computer or Smart Phone via the use of Bluetooth technology.
The printer is likely to cost around £140 when it goes on sale to the public in 2015.
Even though it is only a prototype the portable printer has a very slow speed, and is no way as fast as an inkjet printer or even a laser printer. It is reported that the current prototype by Zuta Labs can only print approximately one page per minute. Now compare this to for example the Samsung SCX-6322DN Colour Multifunction Printer that can print up to 22 pages per minute.
Other downsides of this current prototype are; it can only print in greyscale and has lower resolution than traditional inkjet printers. Therefore the quality of the output won’t be clear and sharp like the normal standard printers. The current prototype uses an old HP Black Ink Cartridge; therefore it can be justified why the quality is poor as the pocket printer is not yet suitable to be used with the new, smart, and smaller cartridges.
Although these are just initial prototypes we at inkntoneruk believe that the engineers at Zuta Labs will be able to produce pocket printers that give out higher resolutions and prints quickly too.
If this pocket printer becomes a success, the team at Zuta Labs plans to launch a colour version of this printer that can print pictures and even print on different surfaces such as clothing, walls and tiles. However those would require a special type of ink to produce outputs on to those surfaces.
We at inkntoneruk are very excited over the whole idea of how this pocket printer works because when you can control a robot like this one with a smart phone to do a task for you, imagine the possibilities that it opens.
We can assume that the pocket printer will be supported by major printer brands such as Epson, Canon, HP, and Samsung, therefore they might initially only take OEM’s cartridges to start off with. It won’t be long before when we start supplying premium ink cartridges and budget ink cartridges for the new pocket printers. We might also be able to refill the ink cartridge that goes inside the pocket printers.
Look out for the pocket printers when they launch in 2015 and don’t forget to check out inkntoneruk to see if we offer the original, budget, and premium compatible ink cartridges for your pocket printer.