his pocket size printer doesn’t use ink. Which means no ink cartridge or ribbons. The image is created on the paper based on tiny crystals embedded in the paper. “Imagine an affordable printer that is smaller and thinner than anything you’ve seen before. Now imagine that when you “just add paper” to it and press a button, it magically prints an affordable, high quality, and long lasting digital print faster than you thought possible. Keep imagining…printers in your pocket, on your desktop, embedded in your television or PC, or even hanging on the wall. And more…printing beautiful photographs of all sizes, posters, identification cards, or labels fast without ever needing to buy an inkjet or thermal cartridge ever again. This is real and it is developed by ZINK Imaging. At the heart of the ZINK Technology is the patented ZINK Paper, an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside, and a protective polymer overcoat layer outside. The crystals are colorless before printing, so ZINK Paper looks like regular white photo paper.
Heat from a ZINK-enabled device activates the crystals, forming all the colors of the rainbow. The printing process is now radically simple. Just add ZINK Paper™. Of course you will find in the market this pocket size printer in different design and branded Polaroid, Wasabi or else, but the technology comes from ZINK. One of the most interesting and innovative product we discover, is TOMY xiao™. The new TOMY xiao™ TIP-521 Digital Camera with Built-in Printer is a full-featured 5 Megapixel digital camera with a built-in full color ZINK® printer.
The xiao™ is a first of its kind integrated digital camera and printer that allows consumers to capture, view, and immediately print their digital images without ink, anywhere. ( Who knows why Polaroid didn’t approach this technology …???) Photos can now be viewed and shared right away – anywhere and all from one device. The xiao™ produces borderless, full-color, 2×3″ (5×7,6 cm) prints in less than 60 seconds.The xiao™ features a “retro” design and innovative built-in software to enable a variety of entertaining printing options from templates to borders. It also features an IrDA receiver so that you can print images sent to the xiao™ wirelessly from other IrDA devices. The TOMY xiao™ TIP-521 Digital Camera with Built-in ZINK Printer will now available in Japan. For more information visit Zink website below.