Late yesterday I noticed an incredible influx of people on Twitter and Tumblr getting excited about a product called “Little Printer”. Being the curious, printer loving guy that I am checked it out expecting it to be another nasty travel printer that would be stupidly expensive to run and near impossible to get cartridges for. I was however surprised to find an innovative product that genuinely excites me.
Created by Berg design studio Little Printer pulls information from a wide variety of sources and puts together a personalised newspaper and prints it for you automatically at a designated time. To me referring to the printed results as a newspaper really sells the functionality of this machine short as it seems it will do much more than simply printing off your RSS subscriptions.
Using a dedicated smartphone app you subscribe to online sources of information or “publications” and choose a time that you wish to receive your chosen news, puzzles and gossip from friends. For those of you who are sceptical about the quality of the publications that will be available Little Printer has already partnered with Foursquare, The Guardian, Google and Nike. Examples of how these partnerships will be used are pretty impressive as I have already heard of the ability get a summery of your friends most recent Foursquare checkins to take with you when you head out the door on a Friday or to receive daily reminders of friends birthdays from Facebook.
From examining the promotional video from Berg it seems other features that will be included are:
- Word of the Day
- Picture of the Day
- Daily Puzzle
- News Headlines
- Daily Horoscope
- Foursquare Friends
- World of Architecture
- Personal Messages from Friends
- Nike+ Updates
- Daily Agenda
- Typography Explored
Of course I would expect these to be just a sample of the goodies available and I am sure many others will be added as Little Printer continues to partner with more companies.
The only potential problem I can see so far is that the printer uses a thermal roll and if the developers develop their own bespoke rolls to use in the machine it could cause problems in sourcing them further down the line (not to mention the fact they will presumably have a substantial price). If however Berg do the sensible thing and allow the use of generic thermal till rolls in the printer I don’t see any way that potential owners can lose out at this point in time with names like Nike, Google and the Guardian producing content.
Pre-orders for Little printer will be available in 2012 but for now you can join the mailing list and check out the developers site here. Whether “Little Printer” turn out to be a revolutionary product or a flop will almost certainly rest on how it is adopted by consumers but as long as the quality of the “publications” is consistent I think we can expect big things from Little Printer. Before you leave us a comment below letting us know what you think be sure to check out the official video below:
Hello Little Printer, available 2012 from BERG on Vimeo.