Wow, this has got me all excited, because it’s not often that an invention comes along which just seems way too cool to be real.
You remember a while back I wrote about how London based design agency BERG redesigned the common sales receipt? Everyone thought it was a cool idea and all, but that it could probably never be implemented in real life… Well, guess what, that was really just a sneak preview of what BERG has really been working on for the past year – they call it Little Printer:
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Just when you thought print was dead, this wicked little device emerges to combine retro technology with cloud computing.
Little Printer lives in your front room and scours the Web on your behalf, assembling the content you care about into designed deliveries a couple of times a day.
Little Printer holds a compact, inkless, thermal printer. Its zero-configuration wireless connection to the Web lets you place it wherever you have a power outlet.
Graphic design is at the heart of everything Little Printer delivers, making the most of connectivity and print combined. Rendered in crisp black and white these tactile publications take visual cues from traditional halftone lithography and modern pixel art.
You subscribe to the “publications” you wish to receive from your iPhone or Android smartphone. BERG has already partnered with influential content providers like Google, FourSquare, Nike, The Guardian and more.
Right on time Little Printer gathers everything it needs to prepare a neat little personalised package, printed as soon as you press the button.
A second and equally important announcement is BERG Cloud, the online technology which will compile your personalised mini newspaper and wirelessly communicate it to Little Printer through a “bridge unit”.
The announcement of Little Printer is accompanied by a beautifully designed website where you can find out more and sign up for updates on the project.
Pre-orders for Little Printer will open in 2012, when it launches as in ‘beta’. Added to the wishlist!