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.
Polaroid Z2300 offers flashback to yesteryear
Polaroid has taken the wraps of its Z2300 Instant Digital Camera. The brand famous for delivering instant photos from analog cameras has now managed to put a 21st Century spin on the original concept. The Z2300 not only takes digital still shots, it also incorporates a small onboard ZINK Technology printer that lets users instantly print 2x3-inch photos.
InstaPrint creates photos from Instagram app
A Brooklyn-based company, Breakfast, is looking to raise funds through Kickstarter to get its InstaPrint project into production. Basically a mobile printer running on Linux, it uses Zink's inkless technology to print Instagram photos from Wi-Fi-connected iPhones and iPods. The photos include comments and are searched for by user-specified hashtags.
Printer arrives at Bloomingdale's NYC flagship
Polaroid has finally begun shipping its GL10 instant printer, which was part of the company's Grey Label lineup that was borne of a Lady Gaga promotion early in the year. The portable printer creates 3- by 4-inch instant prints using second-generation ZINK (zero ink) technology for resistance to smudges. Users can queue pictures using a USB connection or Bluetooth, while the internal battery is claimed to last for 35 prints.
Polaroid shows GL10 Zink portable printer at CES
Similar in concept and execution to its PoGo camera, Polaroid has brought out a brand new portable printer, the GL10. It uses Zink paper and technology to print 3- by 4-inch prints. Zink uses thermal technology to bring out the colors in the special paper, which are protected by smudge-proof, water-resistant coatings.
Polaroid due for a comeback thanks to PLR
The famed Polaroid name has been purchased by a new company, PLR IP Holdings, after the brand's previous new owners declared bankruptcy in late 2008. PLR has drawn up new licensing agreements that will give its licensees rights to the Polaroid name, and promises to bring new products from the Polaroid brand in 2010, with some reaching shelves as early as January. The new owners will expand Polaroid's traditional offerings that included photo printers and digital cameras to include PC products and game consoles, as well as cellphones and AV peripherals. Cleaning products for electronics will also be part of the revised lineup.
Polaroid PoGo camera
At CES on Thursday, Polaroid officially introduced the PoGo instant digital camera that prints its own images. The camera effectively integrates the PoGo printer out in stores since the summer and introduced at last year’s CES to produce the images. Interestingly, Polaroid did not release the megapixel count of the camera, nor is it visible anywhere on the body – a definitive break from the norm. Otherwise, users get a 3-inch LCD screen and a 4x digital zoom. Onboard storage is limited to 16MB, but is expandable via SD cards.
Dell ultra-small printer
A recent FCC filing indicates Dell will soon launch a tiny portable printer that does not rely on ink to produce images, instead utilizing ZINK media. A USB port and PictBridge software support allows users to hook up digital cameras directly to the printer, while Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cellphones and computers can send photos to the printer, allowing for the quick creation of prints.