A new mobile robotic printer that is only a little bigger than three stacked hockey pucks will enable people to print anywhere and on any size page of paper.
Smartphones, tablets, and laptops make it easy for people to work on the go, but traditionally, a printer has been cumbersome to lug out of the office.
Zuta Labs, based in Jerusalem, reasoned that printers nowadays are essentially a print head running back and forth on a moving piece of paper. The company’s approach involves placing a printhead on a set of small wheels and letting it run across a sheet of paper, thus allowing printers to become smaller
“The name ‘Zuta’ in ancient Aramaic means ‘small,'” said Tuvia Elbaum, CEO, and founder of Zuta Labs.
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The new Zuta Pocket Printer is about 4 inches (10.2 centimeters) wide and long and 3 inches (7.5 cm) high and weighs about 12 ounces (350 grams). It can connect wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs via wifi and is supported by Android, iOS, OS X and Windows. A free app from the company lets you use the printer via a mobile device; a laptop or PC can also select the printer for use just like any other wireless connected printer.
To print, a person switches on the device, aligns it with the corner of a sheet of paper and sends the document to it. The printer can print one average A4 page, measure 8.27 by 11.7 inches (21 by 29.7 cm), every 50 to 60 seconds with a resolution of 300 dpi. Zuta Labs noted that its printer can print on any standard-size piece of paper, and that, in principle, it could print on any surface.
The printer’s “on-wheels” help it turn and move in any direction on a surface. Laser sensors help control the movement, speed, and location of the device, according to the company.
If a person sends several pages to the device, the printer will stop when it gets to the bottom of the first page and wait until it is placed at the top of the next page. Users can then tap on the mobile app, and the printer will continue to print.
Zuta Labs said the printer’s rechargeable lithium-polymer battery can last about 1 hour, on average — long enough to print about 60 pages. The device charges via a micro-USB port and takes about 3 hours to charge fully.
One ink cartridge can print more than 100 pages, according to the company. Currently, the device prints only in black, although Zuta Labs said it plans to have a full-color printer in the future. Cartridges are replaced via a hatch on the bottom of the printer.