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Friday, April 18, 2014

Mini Printer May Soon Be Available

More college students make their way around campus with a variety of mobile devices at their fingertips, and yet big and bulky printers remain part of their dorm furniture. ZUta Labs is trying to change that with a mobile, pocket printer.

The bottom of the baseball-sized device slides open to expose a standard-size HP printer cartridge that should last for 1,000 printed pages. The device aligns to the top left edge of the paper with four wheels designed to allow it to turn in any direction.

It uses a USB rechargeable battery, is connected by Bluetooth, and is compatible with Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, and Windows operating systems.

What ZUta Labs is lacking is startup funds, so it turned to crowdfunding through Kickstarter. More than 2,100 people have already pledged $355,000 toward the $400,000 goal. If the goal is reached by May 10, the final prototype will be finished in August with delivery to backers next January, according to a report in TechNewsWorld.

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