Just a week back or so, I was wondering why there were no path-breaking innovations on the consumer hardware side. Looks like this answers the question. I think Zink(Zero Ink) is going to change the printing technology completely. With Zink, all you need is a printer and a special paper to print – NO INK!!!! And the paper is also not very costly. The total cost for a photo seems to be 20c!!!!
ZINK is a breakthrough technology that produces on-demand color images and photos – without ink, ribbons or toner. The ZINK technology enables a new category of color printers and paper that work as a system to print a whole new way.
The key to this process is the patented ZINK paper, an advanced composite material with dye crystals embedded inside and a protective polymer overcoat layer outside. ZINK paper is durable, colorful, and affordable.
Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are colorless, so ZINK paper looks like regular white photo paper. The ZINK printer uses heat to activate and colorize these dye crystals. The printing process is now radically simple. Just add paper and press “print”. The result is high quality, long-lasting, durable, and affordable images.
Check out the demo here. They have created a small hand-held device which communicates with Blutooth. So, this guy here sends a photo from a mobile to the printer (the hand-held one) via blutooth and the printer prints it. And as it uses no ink, its completely dry and usable as it comes out of the printer! Magic? !!! 🙂 Would love to get one of that!!! 😀