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A POCKET-SIZED robotic printer that works its own way across a page as it prints has hit Kickstarter looking to revolutionise the mobile office.
Launched by Zuta Labs, a company based in Jerusalem, Israel, the project aims to raise a goal of $400,000 to produce a mini robot printer that can fit in a pocket or rucksack and print 1,000 pages before running out of ink.
"Print machines nowadays are essentially a printhead running left and right on a moving piece of paper," Zuta Labs explained in its Kickstarter project page. "We asked ourselves, why not get rid of the entire device, just put the printhead on a set of small wheels and let it run across a piece of paper. By doing so, we allow the printer to really be as little as possible."
The prototype measures just 10x11cm and weighs 300g. It is capable of printing about 1.2 pages per minute at 96x112dpi. However, Zuta Labs says the final version will be capable of much more.
Capable of printing on any size paper, the small robot printer can be bought by early backers for $180. The first version will print in greyscale with potential for colour versions in the future. It has a rechargeable battery with an on/off switch, connects directly to smartphones and to PCs, and allows the user to print on any size piece of paper for around one hour at full charge.
Made from a polycarbonate shell, it will be available in Mars Black or Titanium White when it launches. The project needs to achieve its goal by 9 May. µ