Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How Small Can Printers Get? Check Out PrintDreams

Long before the modern printers came to existence, our ancestors started with the duplication of images thru different ways. This include block printing, rotary and flat-bed printing press until such time when dot-matrix, inkjet and laser printers got introduced to what we are using today.

Printers nowadays are such intelligent electronic devices. It does not have a limitation anymore to just simply print pages after pages of paper. Instead, it is also capable of scanning, sending fax, stapling, etcetera. As such, these devices are becoming bigger and bigger.

Even normal printers that are portable can still be classified as big, because it’s not something we can easily put into our backpacks. At the least, we’d have A4-sized printers for text printing and the 4x6-inch printers for postcard images.

With such kind of gadget, size does matter. So the question is: can these printers get any smaller – at least just to serve its purpose of printing?

Behold, the products of PrintDreams called PrintBrush 4x6 and PrintBrush A4, which took six long years to develop and perfect.

The two devices use the Random Movement Printing Technology (RMPT), which allows printing that is achieved by random movements with freedom of motion vertically, horizontally, diagonally and with rotation of the printing device without interference with the final result.

The RMPT requires an optical navigation sensor with very large positioning accuracy. It has very high performance regarding speed, acceleration and stability.

PrintBrush 4X6 is a pocket-sized inkjet printer and a 5-megapixel camera all in one. It is capable of shooting photos and printing them in an instant as it sweeps different surfaces using the RMPT. If a photo already exists on a PC, simply copy it to a micro-SD card, snap it into the gadget and print away.

On the other hand, PrintBrush A4 is classified as by far the smallest printer device in the world that can print full size formats (A4 or letter size). It also features PrintDreams’ proprietary RMPT, so it can print onto photo paper, office paper, cardboard, fabric or even walls! It’s quick and easy to use and is greener too thanks to fewer moving parts and minimal energy consumption.

Now we can simply bring along a portable printer and/or camera and print with no wires, no cables, and no mess. Plus, it prints without any noise therefore allowing us to print even when on meetings and functions. These products are brilliant inventions, indeed!

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This article is my 42nd contribution to Manila Bulletin -- one of the Philippines' leading broadsheets -- published on November 14, 2011 (Monday) in the TechNews Section. You can view the PDF version here.


That's cool. Have you tried using one?

It's not yet available ata here. I want one nga.

Onga eh, handy yan sobra! Hopefully it would be available here soon. :) Thanks for sharing!!

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