If you lock a printer, a WiFi dongle and a digital photo frame in a bedroom with an two-gallon tub of industrial lubricant and refuse to let them leave until they've produced some sort of offspring, you might just end up with this Wall-Mountable Wireless Printer. Designed by ransmeier & floyd, it produces prints and then drops them down into a viewing window.
Before the days of the internet, people watching cookery programmes on TV would have to develop very speedy writing hands in order to copy down a recipe from the screen before it disappeared. It was the difference between a delicious roasted duck breast with plum coulis and an unpleasant, flat cake that tastes like dung. What they really could have done with is some way to take a screenshot, printing it out for later and leaving them free to concentrate on hoping the chef scalds himself. Well, several years too late, Haier are planning to release a TV that, among HDMI and USB, has a "printer port".
We all know that manufacturers make a ton of money off of ink cartridges. We know this because we fork over a lot of money for a piece of plastic, a chip and a few drops of ink. So naturally, as consumers we try to find the cheapest possible prices on said cartridges. For some, they find it cheaper to purchase their ink from manufacturers overseas. Don't expect to continue doing that for long.
Scroll your memory truffles back ten years, flick open a catalogue of printers and tell me the cheapest monochrome laser you can find. Bowel-shattering, isn't it. And yet for the past few weeks in my lounge-cum-banquette-seating-area I've had a networked laser printer that you can pick up for less than $100 online (or under £80 in the UK); it's the E120n and it's made by the lovelies at Lexmark.
One of the worst things in life has to be waiting. And for all of our great technology these days, we're still constantly waiting. Whether it's downloading Windows updates, or printing off a family portrait, there's always plenty of time to kill. Australian-based Silverbrook Research my have something to cut down on the time you spend waiting on those prints.
Canon's printer division has issued a warning this week about a group of gadget-squashing rogue Sumo wrestlers who have taken to squatting on consumer electronics and crushing them. The most recent victim is the company's Pixma iP90v printer, which used to be the size of a small bus but is now compact enough to slot into your printer bag.
A little while ago I wrote an article on the HP Printing Mailbox from Presto. As you saw in my article, I wasn't very impressed by what I saw. The good people over at Presto read it and wanted to make a believer out of me.
With all of the digital cameras on the market, people are printing out their pictures at home more than ever. Kodak is hoping to revolutionize the home printing industry by introducing a new type of ink that has an archival life of 100 years. Now you're probably thinking that your prints should last about that long too, in reality, most inkjet prints last closer to 15. So 100 years isn't too bad.
So you've just taken a great picture of your friend doing something really crazy on your cell phone. Now what if your best bud wants a copy of it? Well, soon you can just whip out your handheld printer from ZINK and print out a nice 2x3 of him acting like an idiot. Basically the printer is about the size of an average cell phone that can print off pictures using a specialized piece of paper. The picture is created by heating up and putting varying amounts of pressure on the polymer paper.
The obvious upsides to this unit is the fact that it has no liquid ink. No ink = no mess. This unit is still in testing, so we've not seen just how well the pictures turn out. Who knows, if it does well enough, this could be something to revolutionize the printing industry. Pricing is expected to be around $99 for the printer and around $19.95 for a 100 pack of paper. The only thing you'll have to worry about is what your friend will do when he finds out you've made copies of his little incident for everyone.