Design News: Use “Little Printer” for Your (Mini) Personal Publishing Needs
For all you Smart phone addicts who are missing the texture and experience of printed reading materials (you’re out there… right?), check out this funny gadget, Little Printer, launching next year.
Basically, you cue Little Printer to customize a mini-newspaper based on your favorite Web content, like news headlines, social media updates, daily puzzles, your calendar and updates from apps like foursquare, Google, and Nike, who are collaborating with the product. The smiling thermal heat printer organizes the info into a well-designed format and prints out your receipt-sized newspaper a couple times a day (or whatever your preference).
The London-based design firm behind Mag+ (the first magazine platform for iPad), BERG, announced the launch of the teeny printer which wirelessly connects (with no configuration) through a box hooked up to your router, allowing you to customize Little Printer’s settings through your Smart phone.
“We love physical stuff,” says BERG in an online statement. “Plus paper is like a screen that never turns off. You can stick [it] to the fridge or tuck it in your wallet. You can scribble on it or tear it and give it to a friend.”
Even if you consider these mini printouts a tad unnecessary, BERG announced another technology innovation in its statement, BERG Cloud, which is used to power Little Printer and sounds pretty exciting. BERG Cloud acts as the “nervous system for connected products,” which has the ability to power playful home electronics as easily at it could “operate the signage of a city block,” promises the designers.
We think the type treatment on the printouts is pretty nice, and the short video gives Little Printer a charming and appealing facade, too.
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