Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer actually is.

Printers, of course, are annoyingly big pieces of hardware that remain tethered to our desktops, a particular insult while other gadgets becomes ever more mobile. The prime factors of printer bloat are the giant reservoirs of ink and toner needed to power them.

With the Mini Mobile, Zuta Labs realized that a printer doesn't actually need to be any bigger than your hand. As long as it can trail ink from left to right across a page, a printer can be as small as you want to be.

Each Mini Mobile printer will cost about $135.

You can pre-order the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer here.

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Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

"What is a printer?" asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.

Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer actually is.

Printers, of course, are annoyingly big pieces of hardware that remain tethered to our desktops, a particular insult while other gadgets become ever more mobile. The prime factors of printer bloat are the giant reservoirs of ink and toner needed to power them. Add to that the requirement that a printer be at least as big as a ream of paper.

Let's consider the issue more abstractly: What is a printer? It's essentially a computerized hand: It looks at a document and writes it out, from left to right, on a page. Everything else is a perk. With the Mini Mobile, Zuta Labs realized that a printer doesn't actually need to be any bigger than your hand. As long as it can trail ink from left to right across a page, a printer can be as small as you want it to be.

The Mini Mobile, then, is almost like a tiny Roomba that squirts ink. To print out a document, you take the Mini Mobile out of your bag and position it at the top of a piece of paper. Using intelligent software and sophisticated motors, the Mini Mobile then roams across the piece of paper, placing ink wherever a document tells it to. For multi-page documents, you simply pick up the Mini Mobile and place it on a fresh piece of paper when you need to. It's not fast—the Mini Mobile only prints 1.2 pages per minute. Still, it works, and, critically, it's portable.

When it launches, the Mini Mobile will wirelessly support Android, iOS, Windows, OS X, and Linux, so you should be able to print to it from everything. A single inkjet cartridge will last for more than 1,000 pages, and you should be able to print out roughly 60 pages per charge. Each Mini Mobile printer will cost about $135.

You can pre-order the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer here.

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  • stephen.bysouth

    Requires a paper-sized portable flat surface, so it isn't as portable as it is touted to be and likely only useable at a table/desk. They could redesign it to have a roller into which you feed the paper but then it looks like a normal printer...

  • stephen.bysouth

    Needs a paper-sized portable flat surface to go with it, so it isn't as portable as you think.

  • Immy Rostron

    I really like this idea, and kind of thinking of getting one, I just want to know do you have to replace the printer to the next line if printing a multi-lined document? And will it print black and white pictures etc?

  • It's a great innovation and on its way to becoming something more. If it can only print one line at a time, it likely isn't useful for the average consumer. However if we consider this product to be in the middle of an evolution towards a fully functional mobile printer like my brick of an HP Inkjet on my desk, then I think this is a great step toward that goal. It's inventors like this that go beyond imagining the possibilities and start to bring them to life. :)

  • To the sceptics, Zuta labs is marketing the product as " Mini Mobile Robotic Printer", prinitn one line at a time was what started the dot matrix revolution and see how far printing has come by , 3 D printing that can print organs with the helm of tissue engineering. Radical change in design takes lot of research and money, give it a few years , these portable printers are on the way to disrupt the niche market .

  • Steve Kravitz

    Love how it can only print one line. And the company has disabled comments on the video, so you can't point out this fact.

    Especially love how FC co-signs this bullshit.

  • Hsn Ktş

    Can't you see the design that it is made to print lines one by one? In this waw, it takes 60 seconds to print one page.

  • Rebecca Nicole Sanchez

    I want to see how it handles doing more than one line of printing....