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Zuta Labs has made a tiny portable printer

 

Zuta Labs Ltd has designed a tiny mobile printer that was inspired by the idea of helping the print-head escape from of its chassis prison walls and then drive off to freedom in a mini robot. The team behind the printer also wondered why other devices have become more mobile over the last decade yet printers have remained entrenched in a left-right-left-right framework that limited their both output size and portability

The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer by Zuta Labs is a Kickstarter project which has already surpassed the halfway mark of its US$400,000 crowdfunding goal in a single day. At the time of writing there are still $180 pledges available to secure a device (in black). Following an initial mass production run it is estimated that printers will be despatched to backers by January 2015.

You use the printer by placing it ‘pointing’ at the top left of your page and it roams around laying ink down appropriately, propelled by its omni-wheel. The device takes data in via Bluetooth from your computer (mobile apps are also in development). Looking at the prototype it didn’t seem very quick and the team behind it quote a dawdling output speed of 1.2 pages per minute. With the device still in development and getting custom specially made components this might well improve.

Mini Mobile Robotic Printer tech specs:

  • Physical dimensions and weight: 10 centimetres high and 11.5 centimetres in diameter and will weigh about 300g.
  • Materials: cover made from Polycarbonate.
  • Media sizes: any standard size.
  • Print Speed: 1.2 ppm (estimated according to the prototype specs).
  • Print Quality: currently the prototype can reach up to 96×192 dpi, the final product will have higher resolution.
  • Ink Cartridge Configuration: one black cartridge, over 1,000 page capacity.
  • Interface: Bluetooth, Bluetooth BPP, 1 x Micro USB.
  • Battery: Lithium Polymer, Run Time (Up to) 1 hour, Charge Time of 3 hours.
  • Supported Os: Android, iOS, Linux, OSX, and Windows.

With its comparatively light weight and ‘pocket’ size it is thought that this portable device will be a favourite among mobile workers who often find it a struggle to print stuff out away from their base. Its rechargeable battery puts in a decent 1 hour of use which should provide over 60 pages on the go – when and where it is required. It will be interesting to see if the output resolution does increase in the final shipping product, as promised and if there will be any speed increases.

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Smell-O-Vision

Imagine watching television’s Master chef and actually smelling the sultry aromas of the contestants’ classic dishes? Or watching Match of the Day and smelling that freshly cut football pitch? This could all now be possible, thanks to Japanese scientists, who have taken a humble ink jet printer and adapted it into a intriguing smell-o-vision device.
Researchers from Tokyo’s Keio University took a Canon inkjet printer and replaced the normal colour ink cartridges with scented solutions, such as cinnamon, grapefruit and lavender. Inkjets produce ink by heating a wire tendril, which forces the colour down a tube and onto the page. And just like the way in which an inkjet rapidly switches between colours to produce multicoloured documents, the same idea applies for aromas, meaning one scent can quickly follow another.
"We are using the inkjet printer‘s ability to eject tiny pulses of material to achieve precise control," Dr Kenichi Okada, from the Keio team, told New Scientist. More primitive smell-o-vision devices have been developed before. The release of the 1960 film Scent of Mystery, later called Holiday in Spain, starring Denholm Elliot, saw cinema auditoriums adopt a system which emitted smells that accompanied the narrative of the film.

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HP grabs printer market share

The overall printer market saw revenue surge 14 percent in the second quarter to $13.3 billion, according to IDC. Hewlett-Packard continued to gain share.

Among the notable points from IDC:

  • IDC expects that the printer market will bounce back through 2010, but competition will heat up.
  • Inkjet printers have 66 percent share of the printer market. Meanwhile, inkjet printers posted 14 percent unit growth in the second quarter with 19 million units. That’s the most growth since 2003.
  • Laser printers posted the strongest growth with units up 25 percent to 9 million in the second quarter. Monochrome laser printers accounted for 83 percent of the market.

Here’s a look at the standings:

Metawatch, has and continues to recommend only Canon and Epson series of printers as they offer headless inkjet cartridges thereby enabling you to purchase lower cost inkjet supplies.

Their increased robustness of the imbedded heads in their printers also ensure a longer lasting reliability.

Ink Blots

Printing Tip:

Ink Is Designed to Dry on Paper, But That’s Not Always What Happens

 

 

Ink in ballpoint pens and inkjet printer cartridges share a common trait — they’re designed to dry quickly. Fast-drying ink works well when the ink dries on paper, but not so well if the ink dries on the printhead that dispenses it. When ink dries on a ball point of a pen, the ball no longer rolls smoothly on paper to evenly distribute ink, which creates blots of ink on a page. The same is true for inkjet printers when ink dries on the printhead — blots of ink appear on a printed page.

To prevent your inkjet printer cartridges from this blockage, follow these tips.

Always Turn Off the Printer With the Power Button

When you turn off the printer using the power on-off switch, the shutdown process places the printhead in an off position and seals it. When the printer is turned off by simply unplugging it or from another power failure, the printhead may remain in the on position without a proper seal, resulting in ink drying on the printhead, which can create blots of ink that smudge and tarnish output.

Use the Printer Regularly

You should use the printer regularly to keep ink flowing so it does not dry and crust on the printhead. At the least, print a test page every week. If you do not use a printer regularly, then an inkjet printer may not be the right fit for you. Unlike an inkjet printer, a laser printer will not suffer from long periods of inactivity.

Print a Diagnostic Test

Print a diagnostic test using the printer software or from the printer’s console display. If you see any thin white lines across any of the printed blocks, clean the printheads.

A thin white line may indicate that the printhead has a blockage. Check the operator’s manual on how to clean the printheads with the printer software or from the printer console. You can also try turning the printer off and then on. It may initiate diagnostics and automatically clean the printhead when it boots up. After cleaning, if another diagnostic test still indicates a thin white line across the printed blocks, clean the printheads manually.

Inkjet-like Device Prints Skin Cells Over Burns

April 20, 2010

by Heather Mayer,

A laser scans the wound
to create a map, so that
the correct type and number
of cells can be placed
precisely as needed

As an alternative to skin grafting, researchers at

Wake Forest University have found a way to spray skin cells onto burn wounds using an inkjet-like printer for a less-painful, speedy recovery.
This procedure, which is still in the early experimental stages, could be a big advance in treating burn wounds early and effectively, researchers said.

"If the technology is successful, its benefits will be to quickly cover a burn wound and promote healing," said researcher Anthony Atala, M.D. researcher and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Printing skin cells onto a patient’s wounds works very similarly to regular inkjet printing, which is where the idea stemmed from.


"The idea of using printers to make tissue has been around for a long time, but the science was not yet ready for the creation of functional tissues and organs until recently," said Dr. Atala. "For one of our techniques, we use an inkjet printer, but instead of using ink in the cartridge to print on paper, we use cells to print tissues and organs in a three-dimensional shape."

The technique starts with drawing the organ or tissue that will be printed using a PowerPoint-like program. The cells that will be used for printing are stored in reserves, not unlike ink cartridges stored in a printer, Atala said. In this particular experiment, a laser scans the wound to determine its size and depth, which creates a map of the wound. A computer then controls the release of the cells from the reserves as they are printed onto the wound.

"The wound map is used as a guide so that the correct type and number of cells can be precisely placed on the wound," Atala explained.

The guinea pigs of this experiment have only been mice, with similar burn wounds one would see on a person. The researchers look ahead to testing this technology on pigs, which have a more similar skin to humans.

Using this bioprinting method, burn wounds on the mice healed in just three weeks, Atala said. Animals that did not receive this type of treatment healed in five weeks. Victims of massive burns tend to die of infection within two weeks unless they receive skin grafts, Reuters reported.

Skin cells are taken from several places, Atala said, including cells from the patient, or a skin cell bank or stem cells from amniotic fluid or the placenta.
"As we move forward, we’ll be working to determine the most effective source of cells," he said.

Atala and his team see this technology doing wonders on the battlefield, when it comes to treating wounded soldiers who often have to undergo painful skin grafting. He pointed out that burn injury is a common cause of death on the battlefield, with 10 to 30 percent of all casualties.

"Current treatment options are unable to fully address the needs of combat burn care," he said. "With traditional skin grafts, many burn patients don’t have enough unburned skin to harvest grafts. A new approach is needed immediately to stabilize the wound and promote healing."

While no risks have become evident yet, there is still testing and experimenting to be done. The researchers aren’t seeking FDA approval for their technology quite yet, as it is still in the development stage.

"Science takes many unexpected turns and twists, some that speed things up and others that slow things down," Atala said.

The right font can save you money

Point size comparison of the typefaces Georgia...

Image via Wikipedia

Do you want to save some money on printing? Try Century Gothic.

Hit by the high prices of inkjet and toner cartridges, we’re all looking for ways to shave some bucks off the cost of printing. New data has found that because different fonts use different amounts of ink to print, using the right font could save you as much as 31 percent off your inkjet and toner cartridge expenses.

Testing was performed by  setting up two printers–a Canon inkjet and a Brother laser printer–to see how much money could be saved by using different fonts.

Both printers were left at their default settings of 600×600 dots per inch.

printing costs

Can the right font cut your printing costs?

The winner: Century Gothic, which delivered a 31 percent savings in printing costs over Arial.

 

As a thin and light font, Century Gothic managed to beat out Econfont, which was specifically created to cut costs by spewing out less ink. But if Century Gothic doesn’t look like the right style for your documents, third place and always popular Times Roman could also help ease your printing budget.