updated 09:05 am EST, Tue November 29, 2011
BERG Little Printer provides social hard copies
BERG stirred attention Tuesday with a return to print tailored just for mobile. The Little Printer talks to an iPhone or Android phone to subscribe to "publications" that can print out multiple times a day. They include regular content like birthdays, Sudoku puzzles, and weather, but also pro content like news from The Guardian, to-do lists from Google, and even periodic Foursquare check-in updates.
Extras include "partwork" photos to decorate the environment, such as ARUP architecture or nature shots, and Nike+ running goals.
The printer itself is an "inkless" (likely Zink) printer that connects to the Internet wirelessly through a bridge adapter so that the printer can sit whereever the user happens to want it. The cube shape isn't just for aesthetics, BERG says: the steel face not only stands out but holds the paper steady to frame it properly and make for an easy tear-off.
BERG plans to take pre-orders in 2012 and will consider the Little Printer a beta when it first ships.