A pocket printer like no other
ZUtA labs' award-winning pocket printer
It’s not often that a truly innovative product comes along especially when it comes to printers. Hang onto your hat because if you haven’t heard of the ZUtA labs pocket printer you are about to have your mind blown, as they used to say in the ‘60s.
The printer, which is a little bigger than a mouse (10.2 X 11.5 centimetres, 350 grams), moves around the page as it prints. You simply lay the paper on a flat surface, align the Zuta with the upper left-hand corner and push print on your device. It stops when a sheet is completed and, in the case of multiple-page jobs, you simply lay down another sheet and again align the printer with the upper left corner and off it goes. See a demo at zutalabs.com.
It uses a high-resolution optical omni-wheel sensor similar to ones in top-of-the-line mice to guide itself around the page and connects to any device by Bluetooth — computer, tablet or smartphone, iOS, Android, OSX and Windows. It uses a black inkjet cartridge, which will print about 100 pages at a speed of 1 page per minute at 300 dpi. The battery prints about 60 pages on a charge and takes an hour to recharge.
An Israeli firm developed the printer using $400,000 raised on Kickstarter. It won a CES Best of Innovation Award at the big Las Vegas technology show last January. The device comes with one ink cartridge and costs US$199. There’s a catch — the first two production runs were quickly sold out. The firm is now taking orders for January 2016 delivery at zutalabs.com.
Size and weight: 10.2 cm diameter, 350 grams
Print speed: 1 ppm
Print quality: 300 dpi
Charging: micro USB
Battery run time: 1 hour (60 pages)
Supports: Android, iOS, OSX, Windows
Included: one black cartridge (prints approx. 100 pages)
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