updated 10:06 pm EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
Device and software highlighted at 2013 Apple WWDC
Zink Imaging and Zink Paper today announced the launch of the Zink hAppy branded products encouraging consumer creativity. The line includes "Smart App Printers" featuring the hAppy and hAppy+, ink-free Zink zRolls, apps with digital design content, plus the integration of third-party printing standards that enable users to easily print from their favorite apps.
Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology makes it possible to print in full-color without ink cartridges, ribbons or toner. The key to the ink-free system is the Zink Paper, an advanced composite material embedded with cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals and with a protective polymer overcoat. Before printing, the dye crystals are colorless -- making Zink Paper look like regular white photo paper. The Zink Smart App Printers use heat to activate and colorize these crystals. The result is full-color, high quality, long-lasting and durable images.
The hAppy Smart App Printers are aimed at do-it-yourselfers, crafters, small business owners, parents and teachers --anyone who wants to use print-enabled apps to create and organize enjoyably. The hAppy system makes it simple to design, personalize and print full-color labels, stickers, photos and more to make greeting cards and invitations, memory books, gifts and wrapping, photo booth strips, visitor badges, address labels, business materials, school projects and home decor.
Highlighted at the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, the hAppy Smart App Printers are companions for smartphones and tablets by enabling wireless printing in full color without any ink - from ZINK apps or from an array of third party apps. The hAppy system also makes it easy to print digital photos from a range of sources, including Facebook and Instagram.
The hAppy Smart App Printer is a Wi-Fi connectible printer for smartphones and tablets that prints in full-color directly from a variety of apps loaded on smart devices. The device is compatible with iOS devices through Apple's AirPrint and with Android smartphones and tablets.
The hAppy+ features the Google Android operating system, a full-color capacitive touchscreen and built-in Zink apps. Users can create and print in full color without needing other devices or ink. The hAppy+ is compatible with both Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, and works as a companion to smartphones and tablets.
Both the Zink hAppy and hAppy+ use full-color, ink-free Zink zRolls which include Zink Paper in a roll form with adhesive backing. zRolls come in five different widths from 3/8-inch through 2-inch, with each zRoll providing more than 19 feet of full-color printing. zRolls feature an acid-free adhesive that allows users to quickly and easily remove and reapply designs if placed incorrectly, and becomes permanently secure over time.
Both hAppy and hAppy+ are available at the company's website for $199 and $299, respectively, and at other major retailers this fall. The Zink Design & Print Studio app is free.