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Today, 40Tech is pleased to present a guest post by Kyle from InkCartridges.
I have worked in the printing industry for a while now, and I could probably say that it’s not exactly an exiting field of technology… but I’d be wrong! The last couple of months I’ve discovered so many amazing inventions and creations, all printer related, that I could never have even imagined. It just goes to show that even the most boring of things can be fun at times if you look hard enough. Lets have a look at just a few amazing printer inventions and gadgets…
The Sophie iPhone Case
This iPhone case is only a concept at the moment, but it should be a real product. It turns your phone in to a Polaroid like camera/printer. You wrap it round your phone like any other case (except it is a bit bulkier), and then you can print little photos straight from your device!
The Night Stand Printer
This is an amazing concept. It has already been made but I don’t think it’s for sale yet. It’s basically a night stand but with a huge twist. The piece of furniture is connected to the internet and when a picture is posted by someone you follow on Twitter, the handle on the drawer lights up. When you open the drawer you will find the photos your friends and family posted sitting there.
It also allows you to upload photos by simply placing a photo, drawing or image in the drawer and closing it!
Don’t be too exited though, it’s not magic, it has a a printer and scanner built into it… but still it’s an amazing idea.
New Polaroid Printers
Polaroid has been around for a while now. As a kid, I remember shaking that little piece of blank paper until an image magically appeared. But with the digital age, Polaroid sort of disappeared- until recently that is.
Nowadays Polaroid has made a bit of a comeback and has started making new compact digital cameras with printers built in such as the Polaroid PoGo, as well as small mobile printers that you can carry around with you like the Polaroid Grey Label that will shortly be released.
This is a bit of a generic one as there are many 3D printers out there. They are amazing devices that do just what they say on the tin: print in 3D. The possibilities of what you could do with a 3D printer are endless. At the moment the consumer availability is limited to primitive 3D technology, but I think in a not too distant future a lot of us will own a 3D printer.
There are many different types of 3D printers and they work in different ways, but they tend to form 3D objects by building it up layer by layer. The cheapest available 3D printer at the moment is probably the DIY MakerBot Thing-O-Matic Kit that costs around $1,299.00.