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284 comments

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317500)

fp biotches.

Re:fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317506)

Awesome job man :)

Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317507)

When you toss in your patronizing little, "No, it isn't"-type comments, you just make yourself look like even more of a dickhead than you really are. And that almost defies the laws of nature.

Re:Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (0)

bradkittenbrink (608877) | about 11 years ago | (#6317517)

seriously, and he didn't even include a link to the real smallest printer...
talk about dickhead....

Re:Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317622)

This one [howard.co.kr] is smaller (262cc vs 336cc). But it's still twice the size of your brain.

Re:Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (1)

LBArrettAnderson (655246) | about 11 years ago | (#6317670)

the article submitter meant "full format"... which i think means "can print a full page"... can it?

Re:Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317726)

"can print a full page"

What size page, fucktard?

Re:Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (1, Informative)

ldspartan (14035) | about 11 years ago | (#6317631)

Hah, you think he's a dick now, have you read about what he did before joining /. [sethf.com] ?

Re:Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (1)

Moofie (22272) | about 11 years ago | (#6317672)

Wow.

What a dick.

SUCK MY DICK AND FUCKING LIKE IT! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317748)

Re:Michael, You Don't Know Shit... (4, Funny)

whereiswaldo (459052) | about 11 years ago | (#6317519)


<a href="link to smallest printer goes here">no it isn't</a>

Wouldn't have been too hard.

What's really be cool... (5, Interesting)

AtariDatacenter (31657) | about 11 years ago | (#6317513)

Is if this was adapted into a tattoo gun. Just wave it over the skin, and have a permanent (or temporary might be more marketable) tattoo placed on the body. Anything you can dream up or download could be printed onto the skin.

This sounds really bad.
In a good kinda way.

Re:What's really be cool... (3, Interesting)

Photar (5491) | about 11 years ago | (#6317743)

Seems to me that you could do temporary tatoos just using special ink with this same device.

Re:What's really be cool... (5, Funny)

darkov (261309) | about 11 years ago | (#6317809)

Yeah, it would be cool until you discovered you had tattooed "Attempt to dereference a null pointer at 0x0F6F75E4" on yourself.

Re:What's really be cool... (2, Funny)

AtariDatacenter (31657) | about 11 years ago | (#6317832)

No. That'd be pretty damn cool, actually!

World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (5, Informative)

Bowie J. Poag (16898) | about 11 years ago | (#6317518)

..When I used to work for the Chemistry Department here at the local U, I got to listen in on alot of the conversations the chem geeks had about emerging technologies. One of them was a new form of electron microscopy..err, well maybe not *electron* microscopy specifically, but, a device for visualizing atomic-scale structures, and "printing" them.

The "head" of this thing (a nanoprinter?) used the vibrations of nearby atoms to move...The vibrations were tracked by a controller of some sort, and if the head was bouncing around at just the right angle, they'd "print" an atom onto a surface. I was told this was how they made those famous pictures where individual atoms could be precisely lined up on a surface to show letters or numbers.. I remember IBM doing this sort of thing with Xenon atoms back in the late 80's or early 90's.

So, nyah. WOrld's smallest printer my ass! :) I've seen atomic printers, baby!

Re:World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (1)

IvyMike (178408) | about 11 years ago | (#6317527)

I think you have to count the whole electron microscope, not just the print head.

Re:World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (1)

Bowie J. Poag (16898) | about 11 years ago | (#6317557)

Perhaps. I wish I remembered more about that conversation -- Every day I'd hear shit like that. :) The read/write head, the armature it sat on, were all atomic-scale structures, only a few angstroms across.

Totally different subject: I remember coming into work one day, and there was a huuuge pile of old guys standing around one of the workstations researchers used for doing visualization..Big honkin' SGI boxes. Anyway, seems that one of them had built a "proton motor"..Literally, a little mechanical motor, made out of a collection of atoms, that would turn a "crank" if given a hydrogen ion. It was sort of cup-shaped at one end with a tail at the other, sort of like the butt-end of a sperm. It was explained to me that if you dropped a hydrogen ion into the cup, the tail would turn 360' in the socket...and would propel the thing (presumably) toward more hydrogen ions.

Atomic scale ion propulsion, layed out in a simulator. I dunno if they ever built one.

Re:World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317553)

Fuck off, Poag.

Re:World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (2, Informative)

nhaze (684461) | about 11 years ago | (#6317603)

Yeah Duke's done a bunch of work along those lines.
http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jliu/labgroup/research.h tml
scroll down to 2. AFM "Dip-Pen" Nanolithography

Re:World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (1)

Bowie J. Poag (16898) | about 11 years ago | (#6317666)

Hey, rad... thanks for the link. :)

Re:World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (5, Funny)

Acts of Attrition (635948) | about 11 years ago | (#6317618)

I've been using an item smaller than this printer to reproduce pictures on paper for years. I like to call it the Pen(TM). I'm looking on getting a patent on the technology. It can also use random movement technology to create the wonderful Squiggle(TM) effect.

Re:World's smallest? I'd argue that.... (1)

thynk (653762) | about 11 years ago | (#6317769)

The article doesn't even claim to be the smallest printer.... from the article...

the world's smallest wireless pocket sized printer.

So, as far as wireless pocket sized printers, this one is the smallest (so far). I have no idea how many other wireless printers there are, or what a LARGE pocket sized printer would be like... but - looks like they have the market nitch of Wireless AND pocket sized.

If its not the smallest (3, Insightful)

Derg (557233) | about 11 years ago | (#6317520)

then wheres the proof? That editors note is rather convenient, but it doesnt prove anything, which is easily done by providing a link or two to sources of smaller devices.

I looked at the links, and from my brief once over, it looks pretty cool, I just cant figure out how the device knows with respect to the media, where it is and accurately enough to print without mucho mucho problemo's

How it knows where the printhead is... (1)

ranos (18639) | about 11 years ago | (#6317537)

perhaps the same way an optical mouse knows where it is ?

Re:How it knows where the printhead is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317560)

Oh, so it's elven magic? Neat.

Re:How it knows where the printhead is... (1)

nochops (522181) | about 11 years ago | (#6317587)

Really?

Do yourself a favor and lift that optical mouse (or any mouse) off the table. Then move it to another part of the table and put it down.

The pointer on the screen didn't really move too much huh?

So no, an optical mouse really has no idea whrere it is at all.

Re:How it knows where the printhead is... (2, Informative)

Moofie (22272) | about 11 years ago | (#6317601)

Well, mine does a pretty good job of tracking velocity and position changes as long as it's touching my mouse pad. You know, sorta like this printer would need to.

But, hey, maybe yours works differently.

Re:How it knows where the printhead is... (2, Funny)

jpmkm (160526) | about 11 years ago | (#6317694)

Well, mine does a pretty good job of tracking velocity and position changes as long as it's touching my mouse pad.


What the fuck kind of mouse doesn't do that?

Re:How it knows where the printhead is... (1)

Moofie (22272) | about 11 years ago | (#6317703)

That, my friend, is an excellent question.

Re:How it knows where the printhead is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317851)

This is a mouse that works just as good held in the air.

http://www.gyration.com/gyromouse.htm

Re:How it knows where the printhead is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317812)

I had one that didn't. this guy came and told me it was broken. I hardly ever use it anymore.

This will probably be... (0, Redundant)

slobber (685169) | about 11 years ago | (#6317521)

the end of tatoo industry as we know it!

Michael got confused (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317532)

When he read world's smallest printer, he thought it said world's smallest penis, and he stepped into normal defensive mode: "No, it isn't." I have nice email advertisements for penis enlargement that might be helpful.

SPIKE TV (1, Funny)

bugsmalli (638337) | about 11 years ago | (#6317533)

man, StripperElla gets everything before we do. Did you check out the way she scanned the documents in yesterday's show (for the uninformed, she had a tongue scanner). I wish she'd scan me...

I know where she's gonna put this printer ;)

Re:SPIKE TV (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317578)

Your stealth marketing tactics won't work on me. I don't have a TV. Sucka.

I still have my doubts... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317535)

I bet I could still manage a paper jam.

Re:I still have my doubts... (3, Funny)

FearUncertaintyDoubt (578295) | about 11 years ago | (#6317712)

I bet I could still manage a paper jam.

PC Load Letter! What the fuck is that?!

It means put paper in it, dipshit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317783)

Uh, duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317836)

Seriously, did you not get the reference?

had to be said... (0)

Klimaxor (264151) | about 11 years ago | (#6317540)

..is that a printer in your pocket or you just happy to see me

Why be such a jerk, 'Editor'? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317546)

Man, can you let ANYTHING slide without making a snide comment, michael? I'm sure that the comments will flesh out how wrong the submitter is about it being the smallest printer around.

God damn. And before anyone tells me to just edit him out, I LIKE the things slashdot posts, I just hate this one asshole editor's behaviour. I'd be perfectly satisfied if they just kicked him off the team and picked up the slack themselves.

Re:Why be such a jerk, 'Editor'? (1)

Klimaxor (264151) | about 11 years ago | (#6317565)

It's an editor's job to make sure what is being printed is correct in a whole, and has all rights to put in a note as to whether it is or not. Besides, who cares, really. i mean, does it matter?

Re:Why be such a jerk, 'Editor'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317589)

If he wants to make a note, and he knows something to be false, either fix it (remove the incorrect part) or point us to the correct information. Just saying something wrong doesn't help us very much.

Re:Why be such a jerk, 'Editor'? (1)

Moofie (22272) | about 11 years ago | (#6317629)

Yeah, and if he wasn't a pedantic git, he'd have included a link to refute the claim.

Just saying "Nuh uh!" is not a useful function for an editor.

Relax, mszeto (1)

bonch (38532) | about 11 years ago | (#6317820)

Just becase you were wrong is no reason to have an anonymous temper tantrum.

Is there a limitation on speed? (5, Interesting)

gotr00t (563828) | about 11 years ago | (#6317556)

If the movement is so "random", then I just have one question after visiting the site and witnessing their really "non-technical" movie about how it "works". It looks like the animated dude's arm is moving in random directions, to be expected, but he just literally zips that thing right across the paper, and it didn't smear or cause streaks on the page.

Frankly, I find it hard to believe that on this system, you can move it THAT fast. There MUST be some limitations to how fast you can move it, as the print heads can't possibly respond soooo quickily.

Re:Is there a limitation on speed? (1)

Alien Being (18488) | about 11 years ago | (#6317697)

The maximum acceptable response time would also depend on the acceptable distance from start of swipe to start of printing, and maximum allowable acceleration.

Killer app for bluetooth? (5, Interesting)

Tetravus (79831) | about 11 years ago | (#6317558)

What do you guys think? This looks like the first killer app for bluetooth to me.

Imagine being able to print hardcopy contracts or directions on demand... though, the flexibility of the device to deal with different paper surfaces will be crucial to its widespread adoption.

~Tetravus

Re:Killer app for bluetooth? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 11 years ago | (#6317784)


Why is this unique to bluetooth? Why not any old wireless technology?

Re:Killer app for bluetooth? (1)

mszeto (133525) | about 11 years ago | (#6317819)

What do you guys think? This looks like the first killer app for bluetooth to me.

I completely agree. I was originally thinking about getting a Tungsten C (read: without Bluetooth) and this is making me reconsider. This is exactly what the technology needed - a good kick in the pants.

Why is this unique to bluetooth? Why not any old wireless technology?

I've looked online for the differences between Bt and 802.11b -

Bluetooth works at 720kbps - Wifi at 11mbps
Bluetooth is geared towards point-to-point - Wifi network oriented
Bluetooth has a smaller power requirement

Bah, read for yourselves [zdnet.com]

How does it work? (1)

io333 (574963) | about 11 years ago | (#6317569)

I went digging through the site while it's still up and I can't figure it out. There's a flash demo and it shows someone just waving this thing about the size of a mouse all over the paper and the print magically appears. And it's supposed to write on any surface. How in the world can it know where the print? .... Unless maybe you are supposed to start in the direct center of where the image is supposed to be and then it tracks from there I guess? In any case, I WANT ONE! And this is the first computer related item I've wanted in a long time. I think the company is going to make zillions.

Re:How does it work? (2, Informative)

onco_p53 (231322) | about 11 years ago | (#6317657)

And the Flash is a FAKE! look carefully and you can see the text appear before the device gos over it.

Re:How does it work? (1)

1u3hr (530656) | about 11 years ago | (#6317834)

And the Flash is a FAKE!

Yes, becasue this is just a concept, not a product. They have developed a technology that includes a tracking chip (seems to be optical). They are touting for printer manufacturers to actually make a printer. So don't look to buy one for a couple of years, if ever.

Re:How does it work? (1)

Large Green Mallard (31462) | about 11 years ago | (#6317659)

In theory you'ld make it so the first stroke with it is from the top right/left/whatever corner, then any future strokes need to overlap other strokes.. and then in each stroke there's some sort of "random" scatter which tells the device where it is on the page..

I don't know how this thing works, but this is how I'd do it :)

Re:How does it work? (5, Insightful)

pompousjerk (210156) | about 11 years ago | (#6317690)

"I can't figure it out."
"[Wave] something the size of a mouse and the print magically appears"
"How in the world can it know where [to] print?"
"I WANT ONE!...I think [this] company is going to make zillions."

Gentlemen, I believe that this post pretty much encapsulates all of consumerism in those phrases. No matter how much doubt there is, "OMG, that's so spiff!" often takes over.

Like those shitty products on infomercials that you know won't do anything worthwhile, but look damn spiffy up on the screen...

Impressive.

Re:How does it work? (1)

VoiceOfRaisin (554019) | about 11 years ago | (#6317755)

well i guess it works like an optical mouse. and unlike a mouse i guess if you lift it up and put it down again, it can reorient itself by rerolling it over a part thats already printed. (of course it needs to know what it has already printed). maybe it remembers the entire surface that youve moved the unit over. youd think it would need quite a bit of memory for that though. anyone here know the sampling resolution of an optical mouse? as in pixels per inch and bit depth?

cool idea (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317573)

Just take one of those mini RC cars, add an ink jet and a blue tooth interface and you could have a printer the size of matchbook.

It would be slow, but you could just set a piece of paper on a flat surface and have your laptop/pda "drive" the printer over the paper squirting out ink where needed.

Plus. if you needed a faster printer, imagine a beow... never mind

Hmmm.... (2, Insightful)

Pig Hogger (10379) | about 11 years ago | (#6317577)

I wonder if the ink will leak if you shake it too much...

Well fuck (1)

jpmkm (160526) | about 11 years ago | (#6317579)

I had an idea very similar to this at work the other night(I work alone overnight sometimes when the store is closed, so I have a lot of time to think). It was basically a bigger version of this, about the size of a paint roller. Anyway, it would have a wheel on each end of the roller that would detect movement. It would have several paint(or ink or whatever) nozzles along it. When you roll it along a surface it would detect how fast and how far it is moving and how much it is turning and it would shoot paint out of the nozzles(like an inkjet) to paint a picture. If this this is completely different than that tiny printer deal then let me know so I can patent this.

Re:Well fuck (4, Funny)

Moofie (22272) | about 11 years ago | (#6317615)

Why let prior art stop you? Doesn't seem to bother any of the technology patent obstructionists, and your idea is much cooler than most of theirs.

: )

GraffitiWriter (1)

IvyMike (178408) | about 11 years ago | (#6317623)

Your idea sounds pretty close (but not identical) to GraffitiWriter [appliedautonomy.com] , a remote control car with a "print head" consisting of 5 cans of spray paint. You should check it out.

Re:Well fuck (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317632)

So it's like a regular inkjet printer, except the ink moves rather than the paper? Or am I missing something? Posting AC for obvious reasons.

Re:Well fuck (1)

jpmkm (160526) | about 11 years ago | (#6317676)

That's right. But the key is that it would be able to detect turns so you wouldn't have to go in an exactly straight line(like a regular printhead).

grafitti time (0)

phatman808 (602336) | about 11 years ago | (#6317588)

Sounds like a grafitti artist's dream come true. Does it work with any flat surface, or special paper only?

Next: the infinite distance printer! (4, Funny)

fireboy1919 (257783) | about 11 years ago | (#6317604)

The principle of generating small amounts of finite printing by simply hooking the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 Sub-Meson Brain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian Motion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) is now well understood - and such generators are probably going to be used to break the ice at parties by printing embarassing messages on the hostess's dress, in accordance with the Theory of Indeterminacy.
Many respectable physicists said that they aren't going to stand for this - partly because it is a debasement of science, but mostly because they don't get invited to those sort of parties.
Another thing they won't stand is the perpetual failure they encountered in trying to construct a machine which could generate the infinite distance printer needed to print mind-paralysing distances between the furthest stars, and in the end they will probably announced that such a machine is virtually impossible.

Introducing... (0)

Sophrosyne (630428) | about 11 years ago | (#6317605)

Introducing the worlds smallest printer! also known as...... the stamp!

Re:Introducing... (1)

innosent (618233) | about 11 years ago | (#6317802)

Maybe that's what michael was referring to! Or better yet, a broken piece of 0.3mm pencil lead. Quick! To the patent office!

No more waiting for tickets! (2, Funny)

frs_rbl (615298) | about 11 years ago | (#6317612)

Wow! I just can't wait to see this policeman writing my parking ticket in seconds! Talk about getting them by mail!!

but... wait

now he can print the ticket IN my car! Amazing

Re:No more waiting for tickets! (1)

Crash Gordon (233006) | about 11 years ago | (#6317717)

now he can print the ticket IN my car!
Face it, Flounder -- he can print the ticket ON your car!

Re:No more waiting for tickets! (1)

frs_rbl (615298) | about 11 years ago | (#6317731)

sorry I meant IN yous *ss

Re:No more waiting for tickets! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317782)

Not only that, he can print the ticket ON your car!

Sounds like a fantastic form of deterrence to me!

No it isn't? (3, Funny)

netsharc (195805) | about 11 years ago | (#6317613)

Well, why isn't it? is it a hoax, does it really print or is the Tomshardware review gonna tell us how much of a bitch it is to use but you're not mentioning it, Mr. "ed"?

Until then I'll just ignore ed's comment, and say, this will probably be the next thing after Palm Pilots that will be added to standard management's attire.. but how fucking annoying, now they'll put every little thing in print.. I can just imagine it.. PHB scribbles something with graffiti, taps the screen a few times to get Bluetooth working, oh wait, turn on the printer to get its Bluetooth in listening mode (hopefully it still has enough ink), alright, tap "Transfer Data", and then rubs the printer over a piece of paper to produce a note to remind you about the TPS reports, meanwhile the Post-It pad and pen gather dust in his drawers.

Re:No it isn't? (1)

Moofie (22272) | about 11 years ago | (#6317644)

You mean stupid people will use tools to do stupid things?

You don't say. When will the madness end!?

You are all wrong (2, Funny)

frs_rbl (615298) | about 11 years ago | (#6317638)

The real breakthrough with this printer is not that it's the smallest around:

its the first unjammable printer!

It's a mouse that prints. Okay. (1)

fmaxwell (249001) | about 11 years ago | (#6317645)

Without actually reading the information (I am a Slashdot user after all), it looks to me like this thing is just a mouse that prints. It recognizes positional (including rotational) information and spews dots accordingly. It's cute, but it's not like they've invented a fantastic new technology. Why it can't hit the market before 2005 (their estimate) is beyond me.

Re:It's a mouse that prints. Okay. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317671)

They don't want to produce them. I believe that all that they have now are internal prototypes and models of proposed finished devices
They think that the real money is in the license to use the technology - not in making it. Unfortunately things like this can take a lot of time to put together. Partnerships, NDA's engineering, test, engineering, manufacture, test, ship. You are looking at about a 12 month time to complete this process.

Re:It's a mouse that prints. Okay. (4, Insightful)

zanderredux (564003) | about 11 years ago | (#6317753)

Guess it's another stupid IP-only company, just as Celera Genomics is.

They expect some other big manufacturer to take the challenge of making the technology viable for mass production while they sit and wait for the IP-rights cheques to arrive!

hmmm...very interesting device... (2, Interesting)

Kiriwas (627289) | about 11 years ago | (#6317651)

My best guess on how it works is very much like an optical mouse except that it can record rotation as well (every spin your optical mouse? if you do it just right, the pointer doesnt move). My guess also, is that you can't lift your hand once your start printing and that whatever orientation the printer is originally at is how the orientation of the image will be. It's really not a complicated technology in my view (not to say it wasn't difficult to implement, just that the idea is simple). I wonder if there have been attempts before to build something such as this. I also wonder if there will be any chance of a WIFI version. I never caught onto BlueTooth (though, if the price is right, I may with this).

Re:hmmm...very interesting device... (1)

frs_rbl (615298) | about 11 years ago | (#6317720)

...ever spin your optical mouse?

hmmm...very interesting behavior :)

Re:hmmm...very interesting device... (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | about 11 years ago | (#6317793)

handling rotation just needs 2 sensors instead of one.

Re:hmmm...very interesting device... (1)

dopaz (148229) | about 11 years ago | (#6317859)

Perhaps the optical mice do not move on rotation because a traditional ball mouse wouldn't move either? If the optical sensor has 2 dimensions of vision and sufficient (albeit low) resolution, couldn't you identify rotation type movement by analyzing the input?

We admit it is mostly vapor at the moment... (4, Informative)

dbc (135354) | about 11 years ago | (#6317669)

Quoting company representative: "We are expecting the first RMPT based printer products to be launched on the market early 2005"

This is not real yet. These guys are still pulling back the foreskin of technology. Call me back when it is on the shelf at Fry's.

Re:We admit it is mostly vapor at the moment... (3, Funny)

transient (232842) | about 11 years ago | (#6317788)

These guys are still pulling back the foreskin of technology.

Thanks for that, you fucking weirdo.

bluetooth deodorant (2, Funny)

g0at (135364) | about 11 years ago | (#6317821)

...the first RMPT based printer products...

Armpit based printer products? :O

Re:We admit it is mostly vapor at the moment... (0, Offtopic)

darkov (261309) | about 11 years ago | (#6317826)

Also quoting the company representative: "I don't have a foreskin, you insensitive clod!"

Shucks! (2, Insightful)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | about 11 years ago | (#6317693)

We are expecting the first RMPT based printer products to be launched on the market early 2005" says CEO PrintDreams Jan Erik Hedborg.

Seems like a great idea but, based on this quote, it is all just vapourware right now.

Smallest Printer (1)

TomGroves (622890) | about 11 years ago | (#6317701)

FWIW: I searched 10 pages deep in Google and the best I could come up with for 'smallest printer' was: http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/102/C1447/?la rgeimage=yes Which probably isn't smaller than the one in this article.

Re:Smallest Printer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6317842)

Here. [slashdot.org]

It'll at least spice up the bathroom... (2, Funny)

stienman (51024) | about 11 years ago | (#6317704)

Imagine, now, instead of the scratchy scrawl you write on the bathroom walls now, you can not only print the number but also a picture of your roommate's girlfriend.

Admit it - you were always jealous he usually had one. Could be because he didn't go into computers...

-Adam

I hate to say it... (1)

Maserati (8679) | about 11 years ago | (#6317725)

but that is patentable.

Practical, maybe. Patentable, sure.

Tip for the marketing department... (1, Funny)

taped2thedesk (614051) | about 11 years ago | (#6317730)

I can see the biggest market for this: kids...

"
Conventional "kick me" signs can be removed and even stuck to someone other than your intended target... but with the world's smallest printer*, you can permanently etch "KICK ME" on to any article of clothing, or even your victim's skin! It's so quiet your victim will never notice, and it prints at the lightning-fast speed of 60,000 cm^3/s!"

*Warning: may not actually be the world's smallest printer.

Whipped Cream and Other Delights. (5, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | about 11 years ago | (#6317757)

Combine this with a pda bacode scanner and you can print new barcodes at Walmart on the fly. Scan the crap model, put a blank label on the nice one,(still not illegal??) then print your new barcode. (ILLEGAL)

Good way to pick up chicks - wave your hand with the printer concealed in it over a bar napkin and hand her your magically appearing phone number and a dirty limerick (ok, no limerick)

Label everything you own - roomies will no longer be able to claim the beer/CD/toliet paper wasn't yours.

Print up fake parking tickets for random cars.

This would rock for labeling CDRs - I might actually do it with this thing.

Add mystery "ingredients" to grocery store items. "What the hell is lead sucrose doing in these hot dogs?"

Graffiti made easy! Free Mumia, Impeach Bush, Repeal the 1st Amendment - easy as a wave of your hand! No incriminating paint can or marker!

Print barcodes on unsuspecting foreheads - "Hold on, I think there's a bee in your hair..." - Just for fun. For now......

Add inappropriate menu items at your favorite resturant. "Baby Seal and Carrots?!! WAITER!!!"

Fake classifieds - "Dude, what's this about you selling the state's largest used children's undies collection? Your name, phone number and everything!!"

Hide small notes on the bathroom walls in strategic places - "If you can read this, you're poopin'"

Quick name tags for people - don't worry, it'll wash off! Frankly, this thing is cool and sounds like fun - it may even be useful for labeling things, or handing out info. Of course, it will probably be priced too high for most people who would actually use it. It will probably be good for manufacturing, labeling parts and other irregular things.

Just remember, you read it on K5.

less / fewer (1)

wheezl (63394) | about 11 years ago | (#6317789)

I suppose they should be forgiven for the language in the flash animation on the site...

"are less mechanical parts" should read
"are fewer mechanical parts"

*sigh*

Still, it's quite a nifty little device.

de facto standard (1)

Matthew Weigel (888) | about 11 years ago | (#6317805)

...based on their proprietary technology.

Oh, like a monopoly.

A small problem... (2, Funny)

mattypants (169026) | about 11 years ago | (#6317807)

...it'll leak in your pocket, making it just as messy as a pen.

Am I the only one (3, Funny)

thynk (653762) | about 11 years ago | (#6317815)

who read RMPT as RTFM at first glance? Only I guess with this, PTFM might fit better.

[ed. note: no it isnt] (1, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | about 11 years ago | (#6317827)

Yes it is! You are WRONG michael.

This IS the worlds smallest printer.

Because I say so.
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