LG today announced it will be unveiling an update to its Pocket Photo, a wireless mobile photo printer, at CES 2014 in early January. We first got our hands on a Pocket Photo this last February, and it appeared to work seamlessly, producing sharp little wallet prints. The Pocket Photo 2 promises to be slimmer with more features.
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.
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.
Canon has introduced two new wireless printers, the PIXMA MG7120 and the PIXMA MG5520. Both printers allow users to access documents in the cloud and print directly from various online services, among them being Photobucket, Picasa, and Dropbox. Both printers are compatible with the new PIXMA Printing Solutions app available for Android and iOS with Cloud Link credentials.
There are a lot of printers out there in all sorts of price ranges, designs and features as numerous as any other gadget, yet none of them are quite like Samsung's Origami concept - made of cardboard. The design was made as part of the 2013 International Design Excellence Awards, and was accompanied by two other designs featuring other shells.
This summer the folks at MakerBot are pushing for the public to see how simple it can be to work with a desktop 3D printer by dropping by Microsoft stores throughout the USA. This move will have the "MakerBot Experience" expand beyond the few and far-between chances the public has had to see and use a MakerBot Replicator 2 to 15 "additional" Microsoft Stores across the country.
Google's Cloud Print has landed on Android, bringing official support for the wireless printing system to smartphones and tablets. Previously supported only through third-party apps, with Google keeping official Cloud Print access for Chrome OS, the new app basically allows Android users to pick a file on their phone and push it to a compatible printer, no matter where they are.
Two different groups have announced their own unique kind of 3D printing material today, one of them from Materialise, the other from Shapeways. While the Materialise material is a bit more of a bendable material the company suggests could be made into such objects as purses and flexible piggy banks, Shapeways material is much more of a "squishy" sort of situation. While the difference between the two may seen slight to those who've not had the chance to experience either, we can't stop our brains from pouring out the possibilities - squishy, squishy possibilities.
Scantrons are a bit out of date, but numerous schools are still using them to grade multiple choice tests. However, a new technology is in the works at Xerox that will essentially turn photocopiers into paper-grading machines that can even recognize handwriting to distinguish both math formulas, as well as long-form essays.
While 3D printers having been for sale for quite a while now, it seems they're gaining enough popularity to begin selling in major retail stores. Office supplies retail chain Staples has announced that they will begin selling the Cube 3D Printer at its stores, becoming the first major US retail store to sell 3D printers.
Canon has introduced two new laser multi-fuction printers (MFPs), the imageCLASS MF8280Cw and the MF8580Cdw. Both color printers follow on the heels of successful predecessors, building on the previous models' specs and offering a few modern-day features sure to appeal to a tech-savvy crowd. Both models will be available in April starting at $499 and $599, respectively.