Weighing only 350 grams this printer is light enough to carry in a bag and makes printing on the go a reality. This will come in handy for students and other professionals who tend to find themselves unexpectedly looking for a place to print documents during the day. Since it was funded on Kickstarter, the Israel-based team have been working to make the printer even smaller and faster.
The printer comes in two colors and will initially only print in grayscale. It’s estimated that the inkjet will last for over 1000 pages and the battery for over an hour when fully charged. Currently there is nothing else like ZUtA on the market. The innovation of the groundbreaking portable printer was recently acknowledged at CES 2015 in Las Vegas where ZUtA was awarded a CES Best of Innovation Award.
See it in action
Anyone curious to see the printer in action should head over to CES 2015 where the team is demoing just what this pocket printer can do.
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ZUtA, the portable pocket printer which took Kickstarter by storm, is now available for pre-order for $199.
A portable robotic printer that works by traveling across the surface of a piece of paper is well on its way to reaching its US$400,000 Kickstarter target. Designed by Israel's Zuta Labs, the device is intended to provide users with a means of printing on the go.
The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer was conceived by Zuta's founder Tuvia Elbaum, an entrepreneur from Jerusalem. Elbaum tells Gizmag that he came up with the idea from constantly working on the go with smartphones, tablets and laptops, and wanting a way of printing without having to wait to get home or to the office.
"When I went online to look for a portable printer, I only found printers that are either too big to really carry around or too small to print on a standard A4 page," says Elbaum. "I noticed that all the printers had to have the paper feed through the device, so I thought why not put the cartridge on a robot and let it run around by itself, and that will allow the printer to be really small and yet print on any size paper?".
LAS VEGAS -- Few things in life have frustrated me as much as printers, but thanks to the Zuta, that might change. The small mobile printer, shown here at the 2015 international CES, is super-compact and, most importantly, easy to use.
It connects via Wi-Fi and works with any computer,tablet or smartphone. In order to print, you simply align the Zuta with the paper by placing it at the top left corner of the page. Once it's set up, you can use the Zuta app to print whatever documents you'd like. The robotic printer chugs along, relatively quietly, from left to right and, depending on what you're printing, can take awhile.
Back in April, the zulta pocket printer garnered a ton of interest on Kickstarter. The printer, which is wireless and very portable, prints directly onto a page.
After raising almost $600,000 on Kickstarter, Zuta Labs is ready to start production on the printer and is accepting pre-orders from non-Kickstarter backers.
The pre order price — which Zuta Labs tells us will be lower than the cost at launch — is $249. The printer is available in white and black. It comes with a print cartridge that is good for at least 100 pages. Additional cartridges are available for pre-order.
IMAGE: ZUTA LABS
The wireless printer works for about an hour and is rechargeable via micro USB. Users can print on all sizes of paper and it works without drivers and can print from Macs, PCs iOS and Android.
Since its Kickstarter period, Zuta Labs says it has managed to make the printer smaller and faster than it originally anticipated.
The size — just 10.2 centimeters in diameter — is a big selling point for the product. It is aimed at users who only need a printer infrequently and in places where traditional access — think a coffee shop or at a hotel — is not always applicable. The fact that it also works with smartphones and tablets is a big deal, too. More often than not, I wind up needing to print documents from my phone more than my laptop.
Zuta Labs is aiming to have the Zuta Pocket Printer shipped by September 2015. The company is at CES 2015 showing off demos of the device and taking meetings with potential partners.