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In the world of creativity, if you're not starting a fire, then what's the point? So, we've created a portal to celebrate the most revolutionary and thought-provoking ideas we're seeing in the world today. Some are ideas we've recognized from others and we're tipping our hats to, and others are ones we thought of (go figure). Either way you cut it, you won't find a dull moment here, and hopefully we've inspired you to start your own fire.
While the hype is around 3D printers, the world of 2D printing is having some innovation with Zuta Lab Mobile Robot that travels across the surface of a piece of paper, dropping ink. So, if you are a mobile person who is always on the go, then this awesome pocket-sized printer would deliver the best news for you. According to its creator, the idea was to shrink the size of the printer box to provide users with a means of printing on the go, while retaining the ability to print on large pieces of paper, so that people don’t have to wait to get home or to the office to print.
The teardrop-shaped portable printer is small enough to fit in a bag (3.9 x 4.5 inches) and weighs 300 grams. The printer is being designed to roll itself over the paper and is battery powered via USB. The battery lasts for about an hour on one full charge while one inkjet cartridge will be good for more than 1,000 printed pages. The devise uses standard HP inkjet cartridges for refill and takes an average of 40 seconds to print an A4 page. The project was successfully founder on Kickstarter and the first shipment is due in January 2015.
What Sparks Our Fire:A printer that goes where you go and prints from your phone on any size page
I may have mentioned before how I hate desktop printers. They’re loud, weird, gawky pieces of plastic that only use one type of specific ink that costs so much you wonder if the Cyan tone is made with gold dust and angel tears. They haven’t improved much since they got rid of the paper that has the holes on the sides, and no, slapping a scanner/copier on top does not count as improving. In a world where iPhones and Google Glass exist, you’d think there’d be more innovation in the Inkjet world.
The ZUtA Pocket Printer may be the innovation I’m looking for. The softball-sized device is small, portable, and compatible with any operating system or device, from iPads to PC’s. In essence, ZUtA Labs stripped away all the components of an inkjet other than the printhead (the part of the printer that moves and puts the ink on the page). The Pocket Printer is placed on the upper corner of the page and moves under its own power, printing 1,000 sheets of grayscale documents on a standard ink cartridge.
ZUtA Labs co-founder Tuvia Elbaum helped created this product when he saw a need. He said to Mashable “The world is mobile and to some extent we got used to having everything available around us. I was banging my head, it makes no sense. We’re in 2014, how come there’s no portable printer?”
The Kickstarter campaign for the device has already passed its goal with 10 days left to go, with contributors receiving a Pocket Printer after pledging $200.
What Sparks Our Fire: Someone is finally trying to solve a problem I’ve had for years, and it’s awesome.
Is this the sort of innovation you think will lead to the future of printing?