ZUtA, the portable pocket printer which took Kickstarter by storm, is now available for pre-order for $199.
Ever wondered where successfully funded Kickstarter projects go? The reality is that sometimes it takes more than the backing of the crowd to turn a prototype into a success story. That’s where a project like ZUtA, the mini mobile robotic printer, is different.
Solving an everyday problem
The printer was initially launched on Kickstarter in early 2014 where it raised $511,662, beating its $400,000 funding goal. After months of development, it’s now available for pre-order for $199 through the company website. But what makes this project interesting is less that it met its crowdfunding goal in under a week, and more the fact that it solves a very real, everyday need.
Desktop printers have gotten smaller and easier to use since the first printer was released. But we still have a long way to go, with very few printers being portable or compatible with all devices. Enter ZUtA, a mini printer, which is small enough to be taken anywhere, can print on any size paper and lets you print directly from your smartphone or tablet.
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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