There’s a new revolution in personal printing. From ZUta Labs’ PocketPrinter (Finally! A Small Portable Printer For Printing On The Go) to the Scribble Pen (The New Scribble Pen Is Like Carrying Your Printer & Photoshop in Your Pocket), being able to carry your printer with you wherever you go is becoming more common. And now there’s a new kid on the personal printing block.
London based design company, BERG, has created the Little Printer. A tiny printer that will print out your daily news feed to make your internet experience a little more personalised.
The Little Printer allows you to subscribe to over 160 free publications, including The New York Times and BBC Good Food, so that you can print out the latest headlines or a new recipe at a time you choose.
You can also share your Little Printer’s details with friends and family and let them send you images or messages. You can also subscribe to social media feeds and there’s even games and puzzles subscriptions for the children.
The printer connects wirelessly to the internet via BERG’s specially created Bridge and is controlled via a web app that can be accessed via smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. You don’t need to download an app to get the printer to work, so it is compatible with most devices.
Using the same thermal paper technology found in credit card machines and receipt printers, the Little Printer is easy to use. There is no need to mess around with fussy ink cartridges, simply replace the paper roll when you’ve run out.
The Little Printer also has a personality. You can choose from four friendly faces that change every time you print, growing their hair or putting on a pair of funky glasses. With its injection moulded plastic casing, little orange legs and brushed-steel faceplate, the Little Printer is also a thing of beauty.
Currently, the little printer only prints in black and white and there is no news on whether or not you’ll be able to print in colour in the future. For those who want to print in colour, using your traditional printer and printer ink would be the way to go.
Some people have pointed out that it may not be necessary to print in a digital age, especially not when most of the things you can subscribe to are freely available on the web. The designers for the Little Printer beg to differ, “Web-connected things are brilliant, but ‘connected to the web’ shouldn’t always mean ‘trapped behind a screen’… Printing really makes a statement, so Little Printer makes beautiful and concise deliveries: it prints out only what matters… Little Printer doesn’t print out entire activity feeds, and you can make an informed choice about the publications you receive.”
The Little Printer is available for sale on its website. Unfortunately, the company does not ship to South Africa yet, but they will be adding new destinations soon.