At the tech event – Demo 2007 – there was a new kind of printer announced, one that doesn’t use ink and is pretty small when compared to others + can use different colors when printing, one that can even work together with most camera phones and digital cameras. The new technology is called ZINK, and as you can see on the image it tries to recreate what old Polaroid machines do, which is delivering an instant photo (on paper) after taking a shot.
How does it work:
The key to the ZINK process is the ZINK paper, which is protected by more than 100 patents and patents pending. Dye crystals are embedded in the ZINK paper and are activated by heat from a ZINK printer. The crystals then colorize, producing high quality, long-lasting, durable, and affordable images.
The handheld Zink printer is not ready yet, but when it gets on the market I’m sure it will be a hit. The only problem is the quality and only the future can tell if it will be super good, good, average, or below the average – at this point it doesn’t become a hit.
Zink.com for more information.