HYBRIDEX

A Research Project on Hybrid Experiences

Little Printer

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Little Printer is a mini-sized, online connected printer that prints on paper roughly a size of a receipt. It can be used to print black and white pictures, puzzles such as Sudoku, shopping lists, etc. Via the online connection, users can also print messages remotely.

Little Printer holds a compact, inkless, thermal printer. It is constructed in high-gloss injection moulded plastic. Brushed steel faceplate holds the paper, framing each delivery as it prints. The printer features a zero-configuration wireless connection to the Web (via the included Bridge unit) allowing easy placement.

An associated service lets Little Printer users to subscribe to different kinds of content, or “publication”, be it regularly released puzzles, news, how-to’s, pictures etc. Little Printer can also gather a content package together to create a kind of miniature newspaper, delivered at chosen intervals. New content is created regularly. The printer can be controlled remotely with a smart phone, thus allowing users for example to print a message or a shopping list to a spouse at home.

With its pixel-art content and cute-over-efficiency attitude, Little Printer stands as a striking example of materiality and tactility striking back. To value it is to see why a printed love note is better than a text message.

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Author: teehex

Heikki Tyni is a researcher for the Hybridex project at University of Tampere Gamelab. Into comics and old movies.

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