In the beginning of 2014 LG Electronics announced launching of a new variant of its pocket photo printer LG Pocket Photo 2.0 (PD239). It provides printing form any tablets and smartphones with the help of NFC or Bluetooth. The size of the printouts is 5.1 x 7.6 cm (2 x 3 in). Windows Phone, Android and iOS compatible, this multifunctional device will be indispensable, while travelling.
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Fujifilm has introduced a new portable photoprinter Instax Share SP-1. It allows to use iPhone as once popular Polaroid cameras—to make a shot and print it right away. The printer is compact in size, and its photos are a little bit smaller than that of a Polariod—62 x 46 mm against 78 x 79 mm.
Wi-Fi is used to connect the device. To make everything work, it’s necessary to download Instax Share App on the smartphone or tablet (it is available for iOS and Android). For the convenience of users, there is a button on the printer, which allows to make as many copies of a photo as needed. If desired, it’s possible to add a date and an hour on the printout and even the GPS-coordinates of the place, where it was taken.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 is operated from a battery, which power capacity is enough to make 100 shots.
According to the manufacturer, this special printer will enter the market in April 2014. Its approximate price is planned to be rather high—about $200 (70 cents per photo).
World-famous Japanese company Brother has launched second generation of portable scanners for on the go and in the office scanning. The three new compact and light devices have broadened the Brother mobile scanners line. DS-820W, DS-720D, DS-620 easily slide into the car glove compartment or in the briefcase, what is very useful in business trips or on meetings out of the office, and are designed for corporate clients.
All the three gadgets are capable of scanning with the high resolution (up to 600 dpi) and speed of 7,5 ppm in monochrome and color modes. The only one USB-cable to charge the scanners’ batteries and to connect to a PC is needed, what makes them easy to use and hold.
Great need to simplify printing from mobile devices (according to IDC, 90% of smartphone and tablet owners are for it) pushes producers to find means of solving this problem. In this regard, HP took care not only of the buyers of the new printers, but also of its former clients (about 40 mln HP LaserJet and OfficeJet devices have been installed since 2008). The company has developed special devices HP 1200w Mobile Print accessory and HP JetDirect 2800w, which support the Wireless Direct Print and NFC (near-field communication) technologies and via it allow to print directly from Android, iOS or Windows mobile devices, bypassing the Internet and a corporate network.
HP 1200w Mobile Print Accessory
HP JetDirect 2800w
The installation itself is very simple: HP 1200w Mobile Print is connected directly to a printer or MFP via an USB port, and HP JetDirect 2800w (developed right for the devices with HP FutureSmart software), is installed in the HIP (hardware integration pocket). After that an integrated HP Embedded Web Server allows to gets access to the device settings and also an opportunity to limit the authorized users.
To print a document directly from a mobile device, equipped with the NFC adapter, his owner should run the HP ePrint App v2.3 application, installed from an online shop for Android, or HP ePrint App v5.3 for iOS, than choose a document and send it to printing, having put the device close to the HP 1200w Mobile Print accessory or HP JetDirect 2800w module (touch-to-print technology). When there is no NFC adapter, a document is printed (even from Windows-laptops with the installed HP ePrint Mobile driver v4.6 drivers) with the use of the Wireless Direct Print technology, and the direct contact with modules isn’t required.
In a quest for excellence, technological companies try to optimize inventions bulky at first (like PCs and telephones) and make it smaller, more productive and more attractive, the trend, of course, has touched the printer industry.
Following the trend, ZINK Imaging Inc. has invented a new printing technology, which helps to archive the named goals and where no ink, ribbon or cartridge are needed. The secret lies in the special paper with cyan, magenta and yellow dye crystals, which nevertheless looks like other photo paper. Heating and colorizing these crystals during the printing process result in beautiful, deep color and durable photos and images.
Zero Ink Printing Technology has already been used in printing gadgets of Dell and LG and now it represents its own branded line of products, including the Smart App Printer (the hAppy and hAppy+), ink-free zRoll, applications and accessories. The Smart App Printer is a portable wireless printer, which allows to print color high-quality photos from different iPhone, iPad and iPod touch applications, is compatible with Android and Amazon Kindle Fire devices, and works as well with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.
According to ZINK, these printers will satisfy the needs of small businesses, parents, teachers and are perfect for creative activities (like do-it-yourself or craft) and printing photos from Instagram and Facebook. The exclusive option of The Smart App Printer gives the opportunity to create your own design directly on its touchscreen in ZINK app and easily print it. One could create simple labels (stickers, badges, documents and more) as well as detailed professional designs the size of a business-card or with the help of ZINK Big app – the size of a poster (the image cut in several pieces is printed and than combined in one).
The newly manufactured printer presents one more way of having fun, but it also broadens the technical opportunities for future inventors and further optimizations.
A Japanese company Mobile Star Micronics has introduced the SM-T300 printer designed for mobile computers, i.e. smart phones and tablets. The gadget is fully optimized for working in the field: it has a rechargable battery and a rubberized case for reliable operation.
Case Star Micronics SM-T300 can withstand falling on a hard surface from 5 feet height, the design meets the IP54 international standard. This standard indicates that the mobile printer is protected from dust, yet allowing small amount of it to infiltrate without affecting the operation of the device. The printer is also protected against water splashes from any direction. The battery life is about 11 hours, which is more than enough in most situations.
The device connects to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It should be mentioned that the printer is positioned as an alternative to a mobile cash register, although any kind of content can be printed out. Star Micronics SM-T300 is designed for people into delivery of goods and has a built-in card reader for magnetic cards.
It’s been or almost a year that Epson offers the PrintJinni application for iOS devices, which allows users of these smartphones to print photographs and other information via their handheld assistants. Finally, the company offered a similar application that allows direct printing from mobile devices to owners of Android smartphones and tablets. It’s called Epson iPrint.
Having installed the Epson iPrint, users can perform printing to any Epson printer or multifunction supporting a wireless connection. In addition to regular printing documents and photos from smartphone, the application also allows printing with cloud services such as Box.net, Dropbox and Evernote. Users can also print Web pages and change the print settings from the application.
Advanced settings include the ability to select and enqueue multiple photos at once. Supported is the borderless photo printing from the phone. Users can also select different type of image resolution and optimize printing quality. The application is now available for download in the Android Market.
At first glance it seems that what you see on the picture below is another docking station for Apple devices. It is not so, and actually is much more interesting than that. Bolle BP-10 is a small printer designed to print photos up to 4×6 inches.
Built in the traditional Apple design, the cube printer boasts a full four-color printing and an interesting mechanism for the process of making pictures. BP-10 applies one color at a time, then shows the result to user and “swallows” the page for the next run. The quality of printing this device offer is very decent level, but the cost of BP-10 can scare customers away. Not everyone would agree to pay £120 ($190) for a printer, even such interesting as this.
Anybody who has ever used a Polaroid Instant camera will know how convenient it was to have a picture immediately after taking it to show to your friends or as a record of an event. While it’s still very easy to take instant photos in a social setting, typically with a camera phone, a paper copy is harder, ironically, since the demise of Polaroid’s instant film cameras.
As some recompense, Polaroid is the first company to introduce a printer based on ZINK Imaging’s new technology. ZINK, which stands for Zero INK, uses no inks, ribbons or coated films. Instead, all the technology needed to produce a full-colour print is held in three layers of transparent crystals, coated on the ZINK paper. A thermal print head sends pulses through the layers to heat the appropriate set of crystals and produce a colour image.
The small, black and silver printer is easily pocketable and comes in slightly smaller in volume than the power supply used to recharge its Li-ion battery. It has a type one USB socket on the side to take a PictBridge cable from a camera and the only control is a power button. A pair of three-colour LEDs show charge and power status, and prints feed out from a narrow slot in one end of the printer
Installation and set up could hardly be easier. A catch on the end of the PoGo releases a spring-loaded lid and 10 sheets of ZINK paper fit into a recess in its body. Clip the lid shut again, and it’s ready to print. There’s no software, as this printer doesn’t work with PCs; only with cameras and mobile phones. The phone connection is via Bluetooth, and all you need to set that up is the printer’s pin, which the phone requests before completing the link.
While there’s no doubt that the PoGo printer is extremely convenient and easy-to-use, the ZINK technology is not at a stage where you’re going to see good images. Give it some more development and another couple of generations and it might get somewhere near the standard of the old Polaroid instant photos.
ZINK licenses its technology to Polaroid, but this isn’t an exclusive licence and other manufacturers are known to be working on cameras and laptops with built-in ZINK-based printers. We’d like to see larger prints, at least up to the size of old Polaroid instant prints, and fervently hope the next generation of the print technology will offer greater detail in the images it produced.
However, if you want a printer that’s immediately fun as a talking point, and one that produces expensive, business card-sized prints you can stick on your friends, the PoGo is ideal.
HP introduces the world’s fastest mobile printer (based on the published specifications), the HP OfficeJet H470b.
As any decent mobile printer, the OfficeJet H470b supports optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The printer is compatible to numerous operational systems such as Windows, Macintosh, Palm, Tablet PC, Pocket PC, and Symbian.
The printer work well without a PC, just connect it your notebook, PDA, digital camera, cell phone, or even memory cards and go print!
With the HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer, you can get your documents and graphics at fastest-in-class speeds of up to 22 pagers per minute in black and 18 ppm in color, which is a lot for a mobile printer.
The long-lasting Lithium-Ion battery enables the printer to deliver up to 480 pages per charge. You can also use your car’s power by using the 12v auto power adapter.
The OfficeJet H470b is very light to carry around, it weigh only 5 lbs, yet it’s durable. Don’t be afraid of dropping it by a coincidence — the printer is drop-tested from heights of up to 0.5 meters.