Mini robotic printer will compliment your mobile toolkit
We use printers a lot less today than we did five years ago. Remember when people used to write, “Please consider the environment before printing this email?” That’s almost obsolete now as we move towards using the power of the cloud, saving trees, being mobile, and using tablets.
But when you actually do need a hard copy of something, it’s usually when you’re out and about away from a printer. That’s why the guys at Zuta Labs, an Israel-based company, want to add a palm-sized robotic printer to the modern entrepreneur’s mobile toolkit.
The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer repackages the same technology we’ve been using for years. Printers work by moving a print head back and forth across a sheet of paper. The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer works the same way, but the entire device moves around on the piece of paper, essentially taking that print head and making it mobile.
Zuta Labs opened a Kickstarter campaign for their project seeking $400,000. On the campaign page, they wrote, “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.”
A major benefit of this printer is that it can print on a page of any size. Since it’s essentially a printhead on wheels that runs around on your page, you can print an intricate design onto an A5 card, or an entire blueprint for a house. It can also connect to any device on any of the major platforms without need for a driver.
For a device so small, it has surprisingly big capacity. Mini Mobile Robotic Printer can print 1,000 pages with the ink it can hold, and will last for an hour. Users can recharge the device with an included USB cable.
“Until now, we’ve basically bootstrapped, and therefore don’t have extra resources when it comes to production, that’s why we need to make sure we have the ability to reach production with the Kickstarter campaign alone,” Tuvia Elbaum, one of the team at Zuta Labs, told The Next Web’s Jon Russell over an email.
Backers of the campaign who pledge $180 will get a black version of the printer, and those who give $200 will get a white version.
The device will ship in January, 2015.