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PrintBrush Looks Like Magic, Makes Printing Not Suck

By Evan Ackerman

Printers are this close to becoming obsolete technology. I mean, paper in general is just a terrible idea these days… All kinds of catastrophic things can happen to paper (fire, loss, airplanes, etc.), and not only that, but it can kill you. I do admit that on occasion, having a printer comes in handy, like the few times a year when I need to print a boarding pass or some labels, and this is why the PrintBrush is basically my fantasy printer: it’s small, it’s fast, it’s silent, and 99.9% of the time I can pretend that I don’t actually own a printer at all.

The PrintBrush is a real product, not a concept, and you really do just wave it back and forth over a piece of paper like in the video. It’ll cover a full size sheet of paper at 600 dpi (black and white only) and uses Bluetooth and rechargeable batteries to print without any wires whatsoever. The real beauty of the PrintBrush is that it’ll print on any flat surface you like, meaning that you can print addresses directly onto letters, for example. It even prints on fabric. It works using some kind of crazy accurate optical sensor, sort of like the thing that optical mice use, except way better ’cause it can detect tilt and rotation in addition to translation. Supposedly, the PrintBrush is due out in early 2010 for $199 USD… They have working examples, which is good, and a production plan, which is good, and some dates, which is good, but their last press release is eight months old so as cool as the PrintBrush is, I wouldn’t hold your breath on this one.

[ PrintBrush ] VIA [ Crave UK ]








  • Phlow

    this is AWESOME. I hate my printer anyways, I totally want one of these instead. I'm always running out of paper/ink or something jams up right when I have something very important and time-sensitive to print. With one of these things, I can print from my phone or laptop whenever i need it

  • chaosoldier

    This is really cool. It would be awesome to see this actually make it to stores for on the go printing.. I wouldn't use it for everyday. But in a pinch when you need to print a paper or something this would be cool.

  • nikkitacroix

    This would be neat to use once, but I'd hate to be the intern that has to print out 50 copies with this thing.

    On the other hand, imaging the whole new realm of graffiti this thing could open up!

  • Charbax
  • Jessicat

    wow that would be bad. Sadly I can see myself getting stuck doing something like that. The first 10 would be fun…but I'd get really mad after.

    I wouldn't mind one for my on the go laptop. I could just wip it out and be like print *waves hand over paper*

  • geffrrie

    Useless garbage.

    The novelty will wear out.

    Another crappy printer to sell expensive ink.

    People really, just get a good old HP 1100 and refill the toners with bulk ink.

    Reduce your printing costs to 0.01c/page from 17c/page and stop wasting your money and killing the earth with yet another useless gadget that will be recycled in a river in china.

  • geffrrie

    Useless garbage.

    The novelty will wear out.

    Another crappy printer to sell expensive ink.

    People really, just get a good old HP 1100 and refill the toners with bulk ink.

    Reduce your printing costs to 0.01c/page from 17c/page and stop wasting your money and killing the earth with yet another useless gadget that will be recycled in a river in china.