Today you carry everything you need in your pocket. The smartphone revolution has made your phone, PC, camera and navigation device so portable – they are always available at your fingertips. However, there’s one product many of us use daily that still requires a lot of space and will never fit in your pocket (unless you have exceptionally large pants) – the printer.
A fresh Israeli Kickstarter campaign aims to change all that with the ZUtA Pocket Printer. The cute teardrop-shaped robot printer can be placed on any page and scurries back-and-forth, printing as it goes along. The campaign has a lofty goal of $400,000, but the project shows great promise.
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“We live in a world where people are constantly on the go and are running their chores everywhere,” says Tuvia Elbaum, who is the entrepreneur behind the project. “But there’s one office tool that’s still stuck behind, hasn’t changed in the past decade and isn’t mobile.” The ZUtA (Aramaic for “small”) printer is just 10cm high and 11cms in diameter, which might not fit in your jeans, but definitely makes it much more portable than any standard printer.
The printer works on Bluetooth and wireless technology, which means it can interact with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The first printer will only print in greyscale and has a rechargeable battery that can run for up to an hour. The cost on the campaign page starts at $180 for early birds and goes up to $220.
Despite the fact that it only prints in greyscale and the ambitious $400,000 goal, ZUtA is still a revolutionary product, which rethinks the concept of portable printing. And while the world is shifting towards a digital environment, as long as paper is still a part of our lives, this pocket printer is a very relevant product.