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In a climate where the future of printed newspapers hangs by a tenuous thread, and breaking information is verified via Twitter, something like The Little Printer may seem irrelevant. However, the ingenious product by design consultancy firm BERG provides the perfect gateway between the printed and digital worlds.
The printer communicates wirelessly to your broadband router, and doesn’t require a computer. Instead, your phone becomes the control room, and you are able to determine what information is most important to you. Currently, BERG have partnered with Arup, foursquare, Google, the Guardian, and Nike. From there, the printer magically collates and prints (on thermal paper, therefore no ink required) a personalised update, however many times a day you’d like it. Best thing is, you only use the paper you need.
The Little Printer has taken the immediacy and convenience of the digital age, and combined it with the personalised, tactile nature of printing. Suddenly, information is physically within our reach again, and “you can stick it to the fridge or tuck it in your wallet. You can scribble on it or tear it and give it to a friend,” says BERG.
BERG have announced the availability of The Little Printer in 2012, however we’re still waiting on exact date. Until then have a little drool over the wonderfully cute video BERG has released, and dream of waking up to your own, personalised, miniature printing press.
All images copyright BERG.