Polaroid plans to produce a portable printer for printing images from cell phones and digital cameras that would require no ink. It will run on thermal printing technology, which will activate the dyes in photo paper.
Like their instant film cameras, Polaroid is planning to produce mobile printers with thermal printing technology from startup Zink Imaging Inc.
The printer weighs only eight ounces, is just bigger than a deck of cards and will sell for $150. Polaroid and Zink Imaging announced this news at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The printer connects to the phone or digital camera via Bluetooth or USB ports. The printer will print a photo in less than a minute.
As msnbc reports:The Zink technology, which uses heat to activate minuscule dye crystals embedded in the photo paper, won raves at the influential Demo conference a year ago. But until the CES announcement, Zink had not lined up any partners who would bring its technology to market.Zink was founded in 2005 by private investors and has purchased many technologies from Polaroid as it was coming out of bankruptcy. So, experts say Polaroid is a natural fit for Zink.
Zink also will work with Tomy Co. and be their partner in Japan.
As msnbc reports: Another mobile printer with thermal paper debuted at CES, though it is much larger and designed for business people. The $300 Printstik from Canada-based Planon Systems Solutions Inc. is less than 2 pounds but prints in black and white, in the familiar 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper dimension.Soon mobile printing will become a big market segment; many would prefer printing photos directly from their mobile devices rather than being forced to transfer memory cards to a photo printer.
I think this technology sounds promising, with no additional printing costs except the special photo paper.