Zuta Labs’ Mini Mobile Robotic Printer. (via Zuta Labs)
Portable printers sure come in handy, especially when you’re on the move. You will often find college students in coffee shops printing out at the last minute research papers or authors printing out their latest chapters. Mobile businesses often use them to print out receipts or contracts on the spot rather than sending them through email. Most of those mobile printers are expensive, bulky and still require paper to be fed through them to print with. There really haven’t been any refinements in the world of printers other than the fact that they are smaller and can connect wirelessly with other devices.
Zuta Labs is looking to change that with their recently developed Mini Mobile Robotic Pocket Printer, which can print in greyscale on any size paper without the need to constantly feed it parchment to do so. The 10-centermeter high and 11.5-centimeter in diameter printer uses a micro-stepper motor to move multi-dimensional wheels along a piece of paper (@ 1.2ppm) while printing as it goes. It has a print resolution of 96 X 192dpi with a print capacity of roughly 1,000 pages before the ink needs to be replaced. The generation-1 prototype has a run-time of 1-hour after a 3-hour charge using a lithium-polymer battery, which isn’t the greatest but is sufficient for mobile printing on the fly. The Pocket Printer connects to mobile devices and PCs through an onboard Bluetooth adapter and natively supports a wide range of OSs including Android, iOS, Linux and Windows.
Zuta Labs is now crowd funded on Kickstarter, with a projected goal of $400,000 for continued development of their prototype and for manufacturing once the design is refined (reached over $511K). Those interested in getting their hands on one can pledge a $180 for a black model or $200 for titanium white, with an estimated delivery date in January of 2015.
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