While almost everything has gone mobile today, we can conduct our work everywhere without staying in office. BUT, don’t you think that we are still lack of the convenience of a printer that can work for us on the go as well? Well, a mobile printer isn’t really too far from us!
[more…] The former students of Jerusalem College of Technology, who felt frustrated by the lack of portability in today’s printers have done research and built their own mobile printer. Shaped like the droplet colour icon used on many domestic printers to indicate ink levels, the Mini Mobile is a pocket-sized device that can print remotely using a bluetooth connection. Made from polycarbonate and available in matte black or white, each Mini Mobile has a thin illuminated blue strip to indicate when it is switched on.
Measuring ten centimetres high and 11.5 centimetres in diameter, the Mini Mobile weighs 300 grams and comfortably fits into the palm of a hand.The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to smartphones or PCs. When activated a hatch underneath the printer slides open, revealing the inkjet.
The user then places the Mini Mobile onto a piece of paper, using the teardrop’s pointed shape to align it with the top of the page. Using an omni wheel system that allows it to move in multiple directions, it rolls across the page, printing in a grey-scale. When it reaches the end, the device moves down the page and continues on to the next line.
The machine uses a high resolution optical sensor to control movement, speed and placement of the robot. The inkwell inside is capable of printing 1000 pages before needing to be replaced, and the battery will allow continual use for up to an hour. The machine will print 1.2 pages per minute at a resolution of up to 96 by 192 dots per inch, but the team hopes to increase the speed when the device goes into commercial production.
Made from polycarbonate and available in matte black or white, each Mini Mobile has a thin illuminated blue strip to indicate when it is switched on.
At present, the Mini Mobile is raising funds on Kickstarter. We hope to see this product in the market soon.