The device from industrial designers Hoyoung Lee et al. is a good sign for the environment.
Until recently painting a road sign was a hazardous business. The workmen risked giving themselves a terrible posture, what with leaning down to spell words out onto the tarmac surface. Rarely had bending at the knees possessed such immense value.
At worst the work left them in a permanently bent position, unfit to do anything but paint roads!
But thanks to the invention of the solar-powered road printer, now workmen can put those fears behind them. Unveiled on December 18th at EcoFriend.org, the handy (since it doesn’t need hands) device is the work of industrial designers Hoyoung Lee, Doyoung Kim, and Hongju Kim.
The road printer harbors an onboard solar panel with which it powers itself, trundling along as it jet sprays the tarmac. Road signs are pre-programmed into the printer’s memory – right now it can print such classics as the U-Turn and Stop Sign.
The road printer doesn’t even require workmen to bend down to set it going: the buttons have been designed to withstand the steel-capped toe of a boot. Workmen need only replenish the paint reservoir, from which the paint cartridge
Of course, the device needs charging – but even then workmen need only leave it sunbathing by the roadside.
The EcoFriend.org article doesn’t state if the road printer is intended for commercial use, or is just conceptual. Yet the device may yet become the No. 1 Christmas gift for workmen looking to be spared a visit to the chiropractor’s office.
For pictures of the solar-powered road printer click: here
For years the printer cable was a tether by which the computer user was kept in spitting distance of their Epson
printer. A slave were they to the length of that copper wire. But no longer. For, according to a December 14th, 2009 press release from Epson, owners of network capable Epson printers, including the Artisan 810
and Workforce 610
, will be able to print their images wirelessly. The means of this freedom? Nothing less than Epson’s very own iPrint
Application, for use with the iPhone.
The Epson App is available from the iTunes App store, seated alongside similar releases from rival brands. Earlier this year both Hewlett Packard
enabled their customers to cast away their printer cables, so long as they own iPhones. The Apple device comes equipped with a sixth sense, meaning that it’s capable of automatically identifying printers in your network. It does this with WiFi. Yet persons seeking this printing freedom ought beware: according to a December 14th 2009 post by Ragu Magapann at TheStandard.com, the quality of images produced on the iPhone is mediocre.
I recently saw New Moon, well honestly who hasn’t? Just as we were watching the previews, anticipating this long awaited sequel, a commercial poked its nose in. This wasn’t like any other commercial, no movie theater popcorn, this commercial was for a new HP printer. Not as exciting as the upcoming New Moon, right? Wrong! This was so amazing that there were gasps heard throughout the theater. Really! I was not the only one making notes to check this printer out. This was no boring printer. Think Web 2.0 meets printing.
Introducing HP Photosmart with TouchSmart
Technology - Online. If you have seen the commercial, a smart woman demonstrates how she skips past her computer, goes directly to the printer to input an address to mapquest, hit print and voila! This is the world’s first web-connected home printer, powered by touch. Just think, print movie tickets, maps, coupons and more – all without a computer. You can even install new apps from HP. This, as well as photo editing, template printing, photo uploading and more is all available from the new HP Photosmart Premium Touchsmart Web All-in-one. This printer retails for $339 and utilizes HP 564
or 564XL High Capacity
The Comprehensive Guide to Printer Buying
There are 2 mainstream categories for printers: Laser and Ink jet printers.
When comparison shopping, be sure to look not only at the price of the printer, but also at the availability of affordable ink for the printer. Check a site like Clickinks.com
for availability of the specific replacement cartridge. Contrary to what printer manufacturers may say, using remanufactured or compatible cartridges can not void your printer warranty (see Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act
). You can estimate the cost per page for any given product. If the cartridge yield is 300 and the price of the cartridges are $30, then you will average 10¢ per page, and if you print about 200 pages a month you are looking at an average $20 per month cost.Laser printers
cost less per page to print, especially if remanufactured toner
cartridges are available. Laser printers also print faster and are preferable for heavy printing, such as in a large office. They print better text quality, but inferior photo quality compared to an inkjet printer.
Inkjet printers will use less power than laser printers. Ink
, unlike toner powder, can run when fresh off the printer or if it gets wet. There is a low initial cost when purchasing the printer, however printing will cost you more in the long run with the purchase of ink. Inkjet printers are good when used to print photos, and many times feature media card slots to print directly from a digital camera.
Higher resolution (more dots per inch) is a simple way to compare image quality. The standard resolution for laser printers is 600 dpi, and for ink jet is 720 dpi. 720 dpi on an ink jet is an equal, not better resolution, compared to the 600 dpi on laser printers.
If you need to print on heavy stock paper, glossy paper
, smaller or larger size paper or would like duplexing (the ability to print on both sides), be sure that the printer can accommodate all of the paper sizes and types you would like to use.
Before buying a printer, check the manufacturer’s web site (i.e. Epson.com) to make sure they provide driver updates and currently offer a driver for your operating system.
No matter what printer category you choose, you will also have the additional option of an All in one (AIO) or Multifunction (MFP) printer. These AIO/MFP offer additional functions such as printer, scanner, copier and fax.
With all of this in mind, you will make an educated buying decision that you will be happy with for years to come.
Brother announces new printer models added to their HL and MFC series
Considering a new Laser Printer? Recently, Brother announced the launch of 5 new laser printer models to be added to their series of HL
and MFC Laser printers
The first printer will become available for retail later this month. The Brother HL-3040CN will feature a print speed of 17 pages per minute, whether printing in color or black and white. With a paper tray holding a maximum of 250 sheets and a print dpi resolution of 600 x 2400 this printer can be connected through an Ethernet cable or USB 2.0 interfaces.
Also out later this month will be the second addition to the Brother HL series
, the Brother HL-3070CW. This printer offers even more features than the HL-3040CN. Boasting everything that the HL-3040CN has plus extra integrated Wi-Fi features and support for PCL6 and BR-Script3 emulation. This printer also allows USB flash drives to be connected directly to the printer, making printing JPEG and PDF files much easier without having to connect to a computer.
Brother has another three new additions to the MFC series
, the Brother MFC-9010CN, Brother MFC-9120CN and the Brother MFC-9320CW All-in-One printers.
The MFC-9010CN all-in-one combines print, scan and copy capabilities, with printing speeds up to 17 ppm. The MFC-9010CN also has printing resolutions of up to 600 x 2400 dpi and has a paper tray holding a maximum of 250 sheets. Like the HL-3000 series printers this printer can also be connected via Ethernet or USB interfaces. The MFC-9010CN uses the popular Brother toner and drum
The MFC-9120CN has all the same features offered by the MFC-9010CN plus this printer goes a step further by offering Super 3G faxing capabilities, making fast and efficient faxing a tempting selling point for office users.
The MFC-9320CW also has the same features offered by the MFC-9010CN plus offers the extra Wi-Fi feature and the ability to print directly from a USB flash drive.
The Brother MFC-9010CN, MFC-9120CN and the MFC 9320CW, along with the necessary Brother toner
will be available in October, 2009.