Finally, someone figured out how to make a printer fit in your pocket
A team of designers and robotics experts invented a mobile printer that prints on any size paper.
Taking a piece of technology and making it smaller has been the talk of futurists for a generation, and this new invention could be crawling across your desk very soon.
Meet the Mini Mobile Pocket Printer.
The Pocket Printer was created by Zuta Labs, a company founded by Jerusalem College of Technology graduates Tuvia Elbaum and Matan Caspi. Along with their staff, they call themselves “a team of out-of-the-box thinkers who care about design and usability, and know that there is a better way to print things on the go.”
Other companies offer mobile printers with better portability than the average desktop unit. The difference with the Pocket Printer, though, is that it's the only printing device that uses a robot to do its work – and it doesn't require the paper to be fed through the machine.
Elbaum told Gizmag that the idea for the mobile printer was born out of his on-the-go college lifestyle. Between smartphones, tablets and laptops, he could work anywhere, but when the job was done, he had nowhere to print.
"When I went online to look for a portable printer, I only found printers that are either too big to really carry around or too small to print on a standard [page]," Elbaum said. "I noticed that all the printers had to have the paper feed through the device, so I thought why not put the cartridge on a robot and let it run around by itself, and that will allow the printer to be really small and yet print on any size paper?"
So Zuta went to work on a device that would connect with any mobile device, transmit the information and glide across the page to print images or text. After several prototypes, the team finally arrived at the Pocket Printer, which is essentially a printing robot that uses a sensor to detect the size of the paper and includes a USB-chargeable battery.
To help fund their invention, Zuta organized a Kickstarter campaign, asking donors for money to reach their $400,000 goal. By the end of their campaign, they had exceeded that goal by more than $100,000.
So what's next?
The Zuta team hopes to begin manufacturing the printers by September, with the first orders shipping in January of 2015.
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