With everything in the office setup becoming increasingly mobile, it was only a matter of time before printers got the same treatment! Step forward, the ZuTA Pocket Printer.
The ZuTA Pocket Printer, which is essentially a tiny robot printer containing a inkjet printhead that automatically tracks across a page as it prints, could one day replace the larger desktop printers. As you'd expect from the name, it is designed to be a printer that you can take anywhere - though, the sleek design would definitely appeal to those in the office.
The idea of the ZuTA Pocket Printer is it is placed on the paper you'd like to print on and then slowly rolls across with an omnidirectional wheel system, printing as it goes. The current model can sync with computers, though, work is going into producing an app for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
The pointed end of the device is used as a guide to show you where to set it on the page, though, it should obviously be on a perfectly flat surface to avoid any bumps that could lead to a poor print job. Should multiple pages be printed with the ZuTA Pocket Printer, the device will stop at the end of the page and wait for the user to pick it up and put it down on the next page.
As the current model of the ZuTA Pocket Printer is only an early prototype, which can be backed via a Kickstarter, there are some limitations - such as its estimated print speed of just 1.2 pages per minute. Also, as it runs on a rechargeable battery, there is only an hour's worth of print time; though, the print cartridge does deliver 1,000 standard pages.
Here at Printerbase, we're impressed with this fresh, innovative idea - it truly embraces the idea of printing going mobile. We have obviously taken mobile printing on board, but it's always in relation to the devices you're printing from, rather than the machines they're going to - the ZuTA Pocket Printer changes this.
Check out the promotional video from the team behind the ZuTA Pocket Printer below: