If it prints, then it's a printer. Even if it looks like SpongeBob SquarePants.
Printers are known to be a necessary evil that takes up much of the precious real estate of one's desk. And for eons we have seen designers trying to make them compact and more space-friendly. Alas, most of these efforts have been concepts and none of them have made it from the drawing board to the table. Here is a look at ten or so Crazy Printer Concepts which have wowed us, and left us lusting after them.
(cats have some sort of special relationship with cool, or rather warm, printers; here are some examples)
Don’t we all love to take pictures with our iPhones? Now imagine taking Polaroid Printouts in a jiffy thanks to this unique dock/case. A QR code and geo tagged map can also be printed to link it to a digital version somewhere on the web like Flickr.
One of the favorite keys – Print Screen – has a special meaning here. This monitor cum printer/scanner combo prints out whatever is on-screen at the present moment. Would love to see an iMac version of this!
Typically we end up throwing pencil stubs into the trashcan, but with this kinda Pencil Printer, you don’t. Toss it into the holder and let the lead feed this printer for ink! Pretty soon you can take pencil printouts and erase your silly typos too!
I simply love this portable concept for printers. It’s as simple as a stick that fits in your handbag. The device can handle a small load and is meant for just a few sheets at a time. Just hook it up to your comp /device via USB and get printing!
Ever seen those workers make precise lane markings and signs on the road? It is such a tedious process and time consuming too! So here is a printer that helps make zebra crossings and other such signs with no trouble at all. A set of templates like Stop, U Turn, Bus, Arrow Signs etc. are pre-programmed into the device and are jet-sprayed to the surface. Cool!
Other Crazy Concepts
You've probably already heard about the LEGO Printer, see a video of it in action here.
Here's a gold-plated HP LaserJet! (don't ask)
For comparison, here is a massive old-school printer XEROX 9700 from 1977:
This is obviously one step toward the Cornucopia Food Printer: "a 3D printer that can output almost any sort of food ingredient you can imagine in almost any three-dimensional matrix, plus make sure it’s all cooked properly". Amen to that.
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