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In this fast moving world, technology seems to
be a big part of our society and our foreseeable future. The development of human being has arrived to a stage where it could
have been impossible without the advancement in technology. Everything seems
can be solved by technologies and this enables our life to become easier more
comfortable compared to previous time.

Nowadays, everything has gone mobile. Thanks to
our smartphones, tablets and laptops we can leave our office while staying
fully connected by doing work on the go. Well, almost. There is one
device that got left behind and seemed to miss the “mobile revolution
train”- The Printer.  

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Printer, in its broadest sense, is a device where allows one
or more identical copies are produced from a master image. It has been evolving
from normal type, be it printing in greyscale color to full color, from inkjet
printing to cartilage printing, to a multifunction printer where it provides
scanning, photocopying and printing services. Now, a pocket printer has been
invented that able to overcome shortcomings of printer in old version.

Pocket printer, a little device that only a little bigger than three stacked hockey pucks will enable people
to photocopy document without worries with place, time or type of devices. It
is invented by Matan Caspi and Tuvia Elbaum, who
studied in the Jerusalem College of Technology. They added some innovation in
the printing industry and provides a better solution for the photocopying
service.

 

 

 

 

Description of mini robotic
printer:

Mini robotic printer is
made from polycarbonate with Mars
black and Titanium white. It is small is size, portable, light and
enable people to print anywhere. In general, this kind of robotic printer is
about 4 inches (10.2 centimeters) wide and long and 3 inches (7.5 cm) high, and
weighs about 12 ounces (350 grams). Besides,
this robotic printer is shaped like droplet color icon that used on many
domestic printers to indicate the ink levels. The ink inside is capable of
printing 1000 pages before needing to be replaced.

The printer’s
rechargeable lithium-polymer battery can last about 1 hour, on average — long
enough to print about 60 pages. The device charges via a micro-USB port and
takes about 3 hours to charge fully.

This robotic printer
connects to smartphones or computers wirelessly via Bluetooth. It is supported
by Android, IOS, Linux, Windows and others. When the mini robotic printer
activates the hatch underneath the printer slides open, it will reveal the
inkjet. Users can place the robotic printer onto a piece of paper using the
teardrop’s printed shape to align it with the top of page. Using the omni wheel
system that allows it to move in multiple directions, it roll across the page,
printing in grey scale. When it reaches the end, the device moves down the page
and continue on the next line. If a person sends several pages to the device,
the printer will stop when it gets to the bottom of the first page and wait
until it is placed at the top of the next page. The machine uses high
resolution optical sensor to control the movement, speed or placement of the
robot and it will print 1.2 pages per minute at the resolution of up to 96 by
192 dots per inch. The printer can print one average A4 page, measuring 8.27 by
11.7 inches (21 by 29.7 cm), every 50 to 60 seconds with a resolution of 300
dpi. However, the first version of this
robotic printer will be printed in greyscale but not colors.

Figure 1 and 2 :Mini robotic printer.

Analysis

As everyone know, a printer is a peripheral device which
makes a persistent human-readable representation of graphics or text on paper
or similar physical media. There are variety kind of printer available
on the market which included wired or wireless printer which required socket to
power it up, 3D printer, laser printer and etc. However, imagine when the
feature of printers has gone to portable, the use of printer will no longer
only exist in office or commercial but permitted
us to give free rein to our imagination. For this mobile printer, of
course, it able to print the basic 2D words document or graphics without a
problem. In fact, there are some other points which make this product
extraordinary compare to the traditional printer which is wired, bulky and not
portable:

1. Aspect of portability. With this pocket printer, we can carry it to anywhere
to get our job done without any incident that
would be interrupting our efficiency as we do not need to find a plug
and let our printing machine working. Other than that, we can avoid struggling to find a printing shops and wait
for the queue just to get some printed pages. Sometime, portable means every work
can be done at anywhere at any time, even in the
most remote locations or while on the move.

2. Aspect of convenience. When the
printer is done portable, everyone will definitely bring it out and it will fix
a lot of problem when we are in need with the use of printer especially in
emergency. As a frequent traveler, when
one travel to a place where his or her language is not available, portable
printer will bring them a worry-free travelling experience as they no need to
search for printing shop and communicate with the language they not understand,
or either using hotel printers that can be
limiting and frustrating. Printing certain document which are crucial such as
flight boarding pass or bus ticket can be made easy and avoid them to
stuck in the queue. For businessman or sales man, they can just bring tablet or
laptops and the mobile printer along with them when they planned to meet their
customer outside of the working place. When the discussion is done, they can
just print out the contract or agreement while the customer can authorize his
or her signature on the spot and thus the work can be done in the short time. When we are printing the needs on mobile gadget,
wireless feature of mobile printer will definitely provide us a hassle-free
printing experience as ordinary printer need to connect with either a power
supply or USB cable which is more troublesome and time consuming in order to
conduct the printing process.

3. Aspect of productivity. Productivity
of certain work can be increase when job is done in a simpler and faster way.
This can be seen from the application of this mobile printer in solving problem
especially in office or daily use. Imagine that we are in a meeting, when idea
come across our mind, we can just write it or draw it on our smart phone and
print it on the spot. This allows our creativity can be shown on a piece of
paper and distribute to everyone so that everyone can do some editing or
improvement on hard copy.

4. Able to bring out people’s creativity not just
only on the paper. Certain people might not be able to draw well, however, the
advent of this device able to help them to print out different type of
illustration or idea they wish to create such as graphics, words, pattern or
even watermark on any media. This is because this portable printer is designed
to perform printing right on the media which totally different as the
traditional one. Therefore, people can just place it on any flat surface where
they want to print. This also aids the people who can’t draw well and allows
them to put on beautiful arts on their projects or assignment hence the ability
of creating arts can no longer be a limit for them.

5. Reduce error on document or other
media. It might be troublesome to read the word from people who doesn’t own
good handwriting which is not clear or ambiguous. Therefore, there is a
solution for this long term problem. For example, people can take photo of a
form they wish to fill in and edit the form by inserting the word they want to
fill in via mobile phone. Then the form can be submitted after printing it out
just by using this mobile printer and mobile phone. The printer letter will
definitely look neat compared to hand writing and this would make the reading
experience much easier. Sometime, it is great to put on some graphics on a
surface without mistake or correction. So, printing is preferable in this
situation compared to drawing.

6. Able to bring new trends. Mobile
printer is able to do much more thing than a traditional printer can do. It is
believed that some traditional way of doing work will be replaced by the
solution from new technology since productivity will be increased. For example,
in the process of learning and teaching in school, student might no need to
write essay on their hand in the future. Associated with “e-teaching” in
education, when textbooks are slowly replaced by tablet and white boards are
replaced by smart board teaching, it is always a problem in examination where
student still use traditional way to write their answer on the piece of paper. While
marking process is still preferably to be done on hard copy, it can be improved
by allowing student to type on the tablet where spelling autocorrect is
disabled and print it on the spot after the examination time is over, hence
this eliminate the needs of student to write their answer on hand as well as
ease the marking experience for teacher.

These has shown that mobile printer
is useful for us and definitely bring solution to many of the problem in daily
life. In conjunction with the benefits brought by the mobile printer to us
today, it is believed that the mobile printer will have its own limitation just
like the traditional printer do:

1.     
Cost of mobile printer is higher. In portable electronics, the smaller the device, the
higher the price and mobile printers are no exception. Mobile printers can cost
nearly twice as much as their desktop printer counterparts, and the ink
cartridges for mobile printers tend to also cost about more. So, it might be
costly when for heavy usage people. Sometime, the high cost of mobile printer
won’t give better result than a traditional printer will do. Therefore, the
cost is the pull back for such grateful feature of a mobile printer will do.

2.     
Speed of printing is relatively slower. Despite the cost of
mobile printer, the speed of printing is slower than the ordinary printer due
to its design. Time consuming process might affect the printing experience as
people will tend to lose temper while waiting the printing process is done. When
there is a lot pages to be printed, then people will start to consider normal
printer over mobile printer. In another words, mobile printer is preferably to
be used for light usage or during emergencies in daily life.

3.     
Color printing is not available. One of the limitations of it included
people cannot print colored image or graphics with this mobile printer as the
ink cartridges is limited for only black color and process of advent a colored
mobile printer is difficult.

Conclusion

Overall, this advent can be considered as a
great stepping stone for future technology. The world has been better with the
existence of technology, sometime new idea are great to bring conveniences for
people and make life easier but sometime the product may be not perfect at the
first stage and takes time to have a better version in future with various of
investigating in terms of technique, design and structure. For example, cost,
speed and color printing maybe the limitation for this product. But the idea is
great to solve tones of problem which bring trouble to people especially during
urgent period. Shortcomings of this product should overcome so that a more
creative, innovate and productive product could be invented, but also fulfill
the market 1requirements in terms of cost and functions