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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This year, Epson, famous for its cut-edging technologies, implemented in different types of printers, introduced several point-of-sale printers (among which is TM-T70II) and the latest solutions with the expanded capabilities.
The OmniLink Smart Solutions provide a wide range of functions from in-demand web-based printing and cloud printing and services to peripheral connectivity (via USB ports) to special PC POS systems. New applications and variants of configuration are compliant to existing technology. These solutions help to raise the retailer business on a new level.
Epson TM-T70II belongs to a thermal receipt printer class. Essential features, which put this model above the nearest competitors, are its space-saving size and height, high print speed and convenient operating from its front. Due to the TM-T70II low-profile design, one can put it anywhere in a small space of a counter or mount the printer under it. No additional space is needed, because paper is loaded and dispensed from printer’s front, where all the controls are as well. The owners will also appreciate paper saving options, variety of paper dimensions, multiple connectivity and two-year limited warranty.
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.
Modern designers often work with three-dimensional shapes, but all these forms remain on that side of the screen. The Japanese company Roland DG released a relatively affordable «3D-printer. However, in contrast to the modern systems it does not make object out of liquid plastic, but rather grind it out from a solid bar of plastic or wood.
The machine is connected to a PC via a USB port and displays the “Print” complex models from CAD-files, the device is packaged with programs designed to create and output three-dimensional models. To get the mock-up, the user puts a bar on a special platform, the printer gets calibrated and starts the job. The printing process is time consuming. The model is created on one side only — only half of the figure. To obtain a full three-dimensional object you need to print the two halves and glue them together. Afterwards, you’d most probably need to paint it to your liking. Yes, lots of efforts, but the cost of the printer is only about a thousand dollars.
The video below gives you an idea how all this looks like:
Samsung Electronics Company announced MobilePrint, an application for mobile printing. This application can be installed on smartphones, and Android and iOS-based tablet PCs, and allows you to connect directly to Samsung wireless printers via Wi-Fi, or to conventional printers through LAN. Users can print documents, photos, PDF and Web pages directly from their mobile device. The application also supports instant scanning of documents on your mobile device.
The MobilePrint proprietary application works over Wi-Fi or LAN and requires neither special drivers nor network settings. It can be downloaded from the main applications stores and installed on smartphones and tablet PCs with Android or iOS. Right upon downloading a connection is established, and user can send files for printing from his or her device. For more convenience, the application automatically identifies nearby Samsung printers.
The developer promises, mobile phone photographers will love the MobilePrint for the quick and easy work with images. When using devices with iOS, photos can be printed from a photo album or directly from the camera, and the fans of Android can print images from the photo gallery of theur mobile devices. The Samsung application will help frequent travelers to quickly print out an electronic ticket of flight confirmation.
The new application for printing allows users to receive and edit documents, scanned using Samsung MFP. One only has to put the document in the MFP and send it to the device for quick viewing. Further, the application allows you to choose the quality of the scanned image, change the file type or toggle between color and black and white scanning.
Canon introduced a new compact photo printer, the Selphy CP800, which allows quick and easy creation of professional-quality photos at home. The new mode replaces the Selphy CP780 and has a number of improvements. The printer made in a slim and elegant design is equipped with some creative features and is much easier to use.
Selphy CP800 is suitable for those who want a convenient printer making high-quality photos with a touch of a button. The printer comes in black or white body colors. The printer has an ergonomic and friendly interface, large buttons and a rotating 2.5-inch LCD screen. It can print directly from memory cards or any device that supports PictBridge standard, for example, digital or video camera. The Selphy CP800 also prints from a USB drive or mobile phone.
The printer has an auto image stabilization, which analyzes faces, contrast and brightness of images, and then corrects the deficiencies for brighter and clearer pictures. The effect of “smooth skin” may hide the faults of the skin when creating portraits, and by manually adjusting the brightness you can improve the quality of prints.
The thermal sublimation technology of ink transfer creates a smooth transition of tones and makes the image glossier. The ink dries instantly, so photos are ready for use right away. According to the company, a special coating protects pictures from moisture and keeps brightness and color saturation for 100 years if stored in the album. Selphy CP800 supports printing on media of different sizes, including postcards, L6 and credit card formats.
Selphy CP800 offers a variety of options for layouts. The ID Photo Layout allows you to print photos for documents on one sheet. Mixed layout allows you to combine photos into original compositions to demonstrate you creative abilities. The “My Colors” function give even more room for creativity providing different color settings: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Positive Film and Black-And-White.
An optional battery for model Selphy CP800 provides mobile printing on the go.
Pocket Printer–who has not dreamed about it? Take a picture of a person you like , immediately print it out and give it to him. A concept of such device, the Instant Cartridge Printer, was offered by two Chinese designers, Yuexun Chen and Chia-Chen Hsiao.
Instant Cartridge Printer is a small mobile printer with disposable cartridge. It is small, and easily fits in your pocket or bag. This device is supossed to print ten to fifteen 4×6-inch photographs per minute.
So you can take it with you anywhere you go, connecting it via USB to a camera, amobile phone or a laptop. That is a spanshot you just just took can be printed directly on the spot. People with whom we are traveling or relaxing will especially like it. They would have to meet you again to collect the photos or keep begging you to send them the pictures by e-mail.
Of course, there’s nothing to say about high quality of printing and color. But this pocket printer is compact, mobile and cheap. Excellent offer for people who are not hunting top-level shooting and printing.
Zink teams up with Pandigital to unveil an array of imaging products leveraging Zink Imaging’s award Zero Ink Printing Technology. This collaboration has resulted into the emergence of their first product that claims to be the world’s first ever Zero Ink 4×6-inch printer.
Zink Technology brings to Pandigital a new technological platform to enable a new generation of devices which are compact in size, easy-to-use, as well as eco-friendly. These products will be powered by patented Zink Paper. The Zink Paper is an advanced composite material integrated with yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals. Using heat, Zink devices activate and colorize these crystals, providing an easier printing process.
“We are thrilled to have Pandigital join our partner network,” said Wendy Caswell, President and CEO, Zink Imaging. “Throughout Pandigital’s history, they have driven growth in existing and new product categories by making products easier to enjoy and by leveraging innovative technology and design. Their corporate mission of delivering simple and elegant products to the mass market consumer at a great value is a perfect match for what the ZINK Technology stands for – an unparalleled value proposition, simplicity in printing, and ZINK for everyone.”
The Pandigital Portable Photo Printer negates the requirement of ink cartridges or ribbons and outs borderless full-color 4×6-inch prints. Users can carry it along virtually anywhere as it does not require a PC. The device features a memory card slot, a preview LCD, and an intuitive user interface.
“The fact that today’s busy consumers want to more thoroughly and simply enjoy their digital images is the cornerstone of Pandigital’s success in the digital photo frame industry,” said Dean Finnegan, CEO and founder, Pandigital. “Our new Pandigital Portable Photo Printer is the perfect complement to our award-winning lines of digital photo frames and PhotoLink scanners, as they give consumers an additional way to enjoy their digital images and treasured memories. And Zink is the only technology that allows us to completely eliminate the hassle, cost, mess and waste of ink cartridges while instantly delivering a high-quality beautiful 4×6-inch photo.”
Pandigital being the newest partner of Zink Imaging, it represents the further expansion of Zink business and technology ecosystem.
One year ago, in January, 2007 Zink Imaging announced the development of a technology that would enable mobile printing with out a drop of ink. Instead, dry crystals incorporated in structure of paper are activated by heat to form an image. Eventually, this technology would allow for a portable printer, very much like that in Polaroid cameras in 1990’s.
That expectations have come true, and a new mobile Polaroid-like printer came to life. It resembles Polaroid so much that it the bears the name. Actually, Polaroid licensed the Zink printing system and presented its ‘Polaroid Digital Instant Mobile Photo Printer’ or PDIMPP for short.
This handheld printer connects to a digicam or mobile phone via USB or Bluetooth and makes use of the PictBridge direct printing standard. It then prints out business card-sized pictures as fast as 60 seconds per each picture.
The Polaroid printer is powered by a rechargeable battery and measures 120 x 70 x 24mm, but it won’t leak ink all over your hands because it uses an ink-less printing technology from manufacturer Zink.
The PDIMPP is expected to appear in the US during second quarter, priced at around $150.