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Canon Japan To Introduce Fingerprint Scanners To Cut Down On Photocopy Abusers

MEAP ADVANCE Fingerprint Authentication Software (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

Looks like you office photocopy abusers are going to have to find an alternative way to get the word out about your garage sale or lost dog, if you live and work in Japan at least. While security codes or access cards can be easily shared around the office, Canon Japan’s new fingerprint authentication system, developed by Hitachi, means those with photocopier privileges will actually have to be at the machine in order for it to work. The option will be available on Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE line of multi-function printers which can run MEAP (a Java J2ME-based development platform) applications and will be available starting July 8 for around $1,460. (128,000 yen)

[ PR – Canon Japan – Fingerprint Authentication Software for MEAP Advance ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

iaPeel Inkjet Printable iPod & iPhone Skins

iaPeel Inket Printable iPod & iPhone Skins (Images courtesy iaPeel)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not an advocate of mucking up the iPhone’s beautifully simple aesthetic with bulky cases or vibrant skins and decals, but if you feel you must customize your phone to stand out in the crowd, these new iaPeel Skins are definitely one of a kind. And how do I know that? Well it’s simple, they actually let you design and print your own custom skin, right from your home inkjet printer.

Special included software ensures that your design is always the perfect size, and it will even create a custom wallpaper (if your device supports that) so your graphics appear uninterrupted across the display. When you get tired of the design, the synthentic material is easy to remove without leaving a sticky residue, and I particularly like the pop-up guides on the back of the printed labels which ensures a perfect application every time. As for pricing, well the starter kit for the iPhone 3G, which includes 5 skins, is $29.95, with a 5-pack of additional skins costing $26.95. And that price point seems to be consistent for all of the iPods as well.

[ iaPeel ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

Canon Introduces New imagePROGRAF Large Format Printers You Probably Can’t Afford

imagePROGRAF Printer (Image courtesy Canon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even though you probably can’t afford them if you don’t have your own printing shop, these new imagePROGRAF large format printers from Canon still seem like a reasonable alternative to dealing with the staff at your local Kinkos. The 44-inch iPF8300 pictured above, as well as the 24-inch iPF6350 and iPF6300 each use Canon’s new 12 color LUCIA EX pigment inks, and in addition to gigabit ethernet, which is almost essential when dealing with large format print files, they also come equipped with 80GB hard drives presumably for storing recently printed documents so they don’t have to be resent to the printer every time you want a hard copy. Expect the new printers to be available in March starting at $3,695 for the 24-inch models, and $5,995 for the 44-inch.

[ Fareastgizmos – Canon announces three imagePROGRAF large format printers with 80GB hard disk drives ]

PrePeat Printer Needs No Ink, Will Soon Be Murdered By HP

By Evan Ackerman

Paper is a huge waste of paper, and ink is a huge waste of money. The PrePeat printer could be a huger waste of money, but at least it doesn’t use paper or ink. Instead, you feed it special heat sensitive plastic sheets and it uses a precision thermal head to print out gray scale text and images. Feed the sheets through the printer again, and a different temperature will erase everything or just write over it. Don’t wash, don’t rinse, but feel free to repeat up to a thousand times with a single sheet of paper.

The PrePeat printer itself costs $5500, and each sheet of the special plastic paper is $3.30, which is certainly a tad steep. Want to know what else is a tad steep, though?


That’s piracy, man. Piracy on the high seas of ink. It may not actually make any fiscal sense whatsoever for you to replace your personal printer with a PrePeat (think more like a medium to large office that’s still stuck in the seventies) but it would strike a blow against the tyranny of the empire of black gold. Huzzah!

VIA [ PopSci ]

Epson Address Expert E-800

Epson Address Expert E-800 (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

I haven’t sent someone a postcard in oh… ever, but apparently they’re still popular enough in countries like Japan to warrant a company like Epson to produce a dedicated printer for them. The Address Expert E-800 and E-600 have a 5760×1440 dpi resolution but can obviously only print postcard sized documents, and they both feature a 7-inch LCD display which I’m going to assume has to be touch sensitive. (It also doubles as a digital photo frame when not in use FYI.) Both printers are PC and Mac compatible, but the E-800 model pictured above includes a wireless keyboard allowing you to compose messages directly on the printer. “Wish you were here!”

[ Akihabara News – Epson’s Amazing New Post Card Printers ]

$300 Memjet Prints Full Color Page In One Second


By Evan Ackerman

Not that anyone prints anything anymore, but if you’re one of the few who prefers hard copies of colorful things like digital pictures and you can’t stand waiting the thirty seconds or so it takes for a nice print, have a look at this new type of printer called a Memjet. Memjet printers don’t use a traditional print head that scans back and forth over a piece of paper; instead, the print head is just as wide as the paper is. All that has to happen is that the paper gets fed through the printer, some 70,000 tiny little individual ink nozzles do their thing, and there you go, one second per print. No warm-up time, no slowing down, just really fast 1600 dpi color ink prints:

Memjet technology should be showing up in printers in the US later this year for between $300 and $500.

[ Memjet ] VIA [ SMH ]

Tomy Xiao TIP-521 Brings Back The Polariod, Digital-Style

By Evan Ackerman

It doesn’t quite have that magical exciting warm and fuzzy spur of the moment cheap plastic instant gratification feeling that traditional polaroids do, but the Tomy Xiao TIP-521 digital camera does provide the same basic functionality: immediate physical access to pictures. It does this with a tiny built-in Zink printer, which uses special pieces of composite paper embedded with heat activated yellow, magenta and cyan dye crystals to make 2″ x 3″ borderless prints with sticky backs. There are no ink cartridges to replace, you just add more paper, at about $1 a sheet.

With a printer packed inside the camera, there isn’t much room left over for optics (the case is pretty bulky looking as it is) so I wouldn’t expect wonders from the 39mm equivalent fixed focal length lens and 5mp image sensor. For that matter, I wouldn’t expect wonders from the printer, either. But I would expect the camera to print out something a mere 60 seconds after you snap the picture, which is no small feat in of itself.

The Tomy Xiao TIP-521 will be available in Japan on November 28 for about $350.

[ Tomy Xiao ] VIA [ Fareastgizmos ]

OhGizmo! Review – PLANon PRINTSTIK PS910 Mobile Printer

PLANon PRINTSTIK PS910 (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even though we were promised that innovations like the PC, email and wireless communications would pave the way to a paper-less office, just taking a quick look around my desk alone tells me that dream is still only a dream. Now I will admit that things have vastly improved when it comes to paper use thanks to those aforementioned innovations, but sometimes you just need a hard copy of a receipt, invoice, ticket or other important document. And those ‘sometimes’ always seem to pop-up when you don’t have easy access to a printer. So as an alternative to having to deal with the people at Kinko’s, Staples or even your hotel’s concierge when you have a printing emergency, the PRINTSTIK from PLANon allows you to easily carry a printer with you while on the road, just in case.

Now don’t think for a minute that the PRINTSTIK is going to replace the laser printer or inkjet you’ve got at the office. While it does come in a very convenient and easy to transport package, it also has its limitations that will probably prevent you from using it as your default printer. I had a chance to see what the PRINTSTIK was really capable of, and you can read my full review after the jump.

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