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The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer
This pocket-sized portable printer from Zuta Labs wirelessly prints documents from tablets, smartphones or desktop computers. Shaped like the droplet colour icon used on many domestic printers to indicate ink levels, the Mini Mobile is a pocket-sized device that can print remotely using a bluetooth connection. Measuring 10 cm high and 11.5 cm in diameter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer weighs 300 gr and fits into the palm of a hand. The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to smartphones or PCs. When activated a hatch underneath the printer slides open, revealing the inkjet.
The user then places the Mini Mobile onto a piece of paper, using the teardrop’s pointed shape to align it with the top of the page. Using an omni wheel system that allows it to move in multiple directions, it rolls across the page, printing in a grey-scale. When it reaches the end, the device moves down the page and continues on to the next line. The machine uses a high resolution optical sensor to control movement, speed and placement of the robot.
The inkwell inside is capable of printing 1000 pages before needing to be replaced, and the battery will allow continual use for up to an hour. The machine will print 1.2 pages per minute at a resolution of up to 96 by 192 dots per inch. Made from polycarbonate and available in matte black or white, each Mini Mobile has a thin illuminated blue strip to indicate when it is switched on.
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