ZUtA Labs, an Israel based company, has been designing a very innovative product which is meant to fix a very important issue that users usually face while being productive. Unlike many features that a smartphone or a computer offers, printing through a deskjet/laserjet is one. But, the problem with a typical printer is its bulky size, the drivers needed to operate it, and the various different types of ink toners required. ZUtA Pocket Printer is one of a unique and beautifully designed product specifically for printing on the go. The company owns an active prototype and through Kickstarter has already been successful in raising more than its goal (at the moment USD 464,500).
The Pocket Printer is like a small robot with dimensions 10x10x8 cm and can move around on any page to print content or images. This means that users who want to print their documents while they are on the go, can easily carry it with them.
ZUtA claims, “Print machines now-a-days are essentially a print head running left and right on a moving piece of paper. We asked ourselves, why not get rid of the entire device, just put the print head on a set of small wheels and let it run across a piece of paper. By doing so, we allow the printer to really be as little as possible.”
The small printer works almost like a rechargeable battery; easily connects wirelessly with mobile devices and computers through a particular Bluetooth protocol, Bluetooth Printing Profile (BPP), hence needing no drivers at all. Moreover, the inkjet is said to last for as many as a thousand pages. Similarly, the battery works for more than one hour when its fully charged. The robot printer is also quite smart when it comes to multiple page printing, as it knows when to stop printing and wait for the next page.
The company has been working on this small sized printer for more than a year now, and after the crowdfunding phase, the units will ship early next year. At the moment, ZUtA can be pledged for as low as USD 180 but this offer was only for the first 1000 early birds. A unit can be reserved now for USD 200 or more on Kickstarter.
ZUtA isn’t the only pocket printer getting all the attention as a result of its unique design and purpose. Many 3D printers have already raised more than a million US dollars in pledges on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdfunder, etc.