We live in the age of mobile digital media, which has spawned a hyper-connected world. Everywhere we go, we can work, connect with friends and family and keep up with the news. But printing – and sometimes we do need to print – is somehow problematic when you are in a hotel room or a Wi-Fi café. Printing was kind of left out of the mobile digital revolution.
This is the gap that a team of students from the Jerusalem College of Technology in Israel has set out to fill by developing a new mobile printing solution. To bring their product to the masses, they launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter and have surpassed their initial goal of $400,000 by more than $100,000, which means it will definitely go into production and hit the market. Even paper company Domtar has jumped on the bandwagon and lent its financial support to the project.
Called ZutA PocketPrinter, the designers took the printing head out and got rid of everything else behind. They also added some wheels. The user then lays out a sheet of paper and position the printer in one corner of the sheet. The process is controlled through an app on a smartphone or tablet. The printer is activated by sliding a hatch at the bottom of the printer which will reveal the inkjet. The USB connection for battery charging is also located on the bottom of the device. The inkjet lasts for over 1,000 printed pages and the battery lasts for over one hour per full-charge. The first version will print in grayscale.
The technology behind the wheels is called Omni Wheel System, which allows precise movements in any directions. The printer was designed in a way to help the user place the printer properly at the top of the page and ensure an accurate outcome.
ZutA PocketPrinter started as a college project in 2013 and the students had to sweat it out to prove they had an amazing innovation in hand. They convinced their professors to back them up with some capital and access to larger facilities. They made prototype after prototype to achieve the perfect design. Now, with the Kickstarter funding success, their project will become a reality. The printer comes in Mars black and Titanium white and will be made out of Polycarbonate.
Image credit: ZUtA Labs
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