printers

Polaroid Zip pocket printer spits out prints from your smartphone

Polaroid Zip pocket printer spits out prints from your smartphone

Polaroid launched a new tiny portable printer earlier this week without much fanfare, and it is targeted at the mobile photographers among us -- those who can't remember the last time they picked up a dedicated digital camera because they've been too busy cataloging their life with a series of stylish smartphone-snapped pics. It is called the Zip printer, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket, printing out physical photographs for those times you take a shot that is extra special.

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Epson WorkForce WF-100 printer: small, light, and wireless

Epson WorkForce WF-100 printer: small, light, and wireless

It used to be that you only ever needed to print when you were at home or in the office. The proliferation of mobile devices as well as the lifestyles, both personal and professional, that go with them have also turned printing into an "on the go" necessity. But heaven forbid that you have to lunge around a desktop printer just to get a document or a photo printed from your pocket-sized smartphone. Enter the WorkForce WF-100 which Epson claims to be the smallest and lightest wireless portable printer. At least for those under 400 bucks.

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Robohand: 3D-printed open source hand replacements

Robohand: 3D-printed open source hand replacements

Supposing you’ve had several fingers chopped off in the recent past and you understand how to operate a scissors, Robohand may well have a solution for you. The company began with a fellow by the name of Richard van As, a fellow who lost his fingers in a carpentry accident in 2011. Searching for the past several years for a solution to his problem, as a good carpenter never gives up, he discovered a future partner with whom he’d eventually found Robohand.

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HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP is promising to shake up the 3D printer industry with new technology that not only makes the process faster but delivers higher-quality models, with CEO Meg Whitman teasing a reveal in June. Waiting for a current-gen 3D printer to finish is "like watching ice melt" Whitman snarked during HP's shareholder meeting this week, going on to suggest that the company had figured out a better, swifter way.

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Cartesian The EX1 3D-prints circuit boards for wearables galore

Cartesian The EX1 3D-prints circuit boards for wearables galore

Supposing you were in the market for a prototype of a circuit board here in 2013 - what kind of process would you have to go through to get one? Certainly one that'd require one whole heck of a lot more work and waiting than is involved with the rather interesting creation revealed this week by Cartesian Co - a printer called "The EX1", one capable of printing circuit boards as easily as you'd be able to print a 3D object here on the tail end of 2013.

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3D Printing support for Windows 8.1 solidified: as easy as paper

3D Printing support for Windows 8.1 solidified: as easy as paper

If the Makerbot 3D scanner weren't enough to get you excited about the longevity of 3D printing this week, the Microsoft Windows 8.1 exploration of 3D printing standards might. What the team at Microsoft is doing this week is going through how users of the next-generation update of Windows 8 will be able to work with 3D printing from the core of the software. This sort of update means that Microsoft - one of the most influential technology companies in the world - has confidence enough in the future of the 3D printing universe that they're willing to dedicate real time to it for the common user.

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