Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stack Printer chugs along stacks of paper

Let's be honest. When was the last time you looked at a printer and said: "wow! I want one of those!"? Most likely... never (though I have to confess there was a time, long ago, when I was marveled by the sheer brute force approach of line printers, back in the dot matrix needle printer days). But thing may be about to change as you set your eyes on this beauty called Stack, which strips a printer down to its bare essential parts.

This printer lets go of the user paper tray, feeding itself simply by placing it on top of a stack of paper, and it quietly pulls page after page, producing a printed result on top. It looks like a futuristic concept that wouldn't work - but it's inventor has indeed built a working prototype to prove the concept works - though it now needs the final help from a printer manufacturer willing to polish the final details and turn it into a comercial product.

Though I've never had a printer at home (nor had any wish for it), I have to agree that I probably would have to reconsider it if this Stack printer becomes available at a nice price. And considering its main inspiration is getting rid of all the unnecessary parts, why shouldn't it a lot cheaper than any other conventional printer? Let's wait and see if HP, Brother, Lexmark, or any other big brand is courageous enough to bring this printer to fruition.

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