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Israeli Startup Makes World's First Mobile Printer

Jerusalem students capture the world's attention by creating a printer that can fit in your pocket; full line to be available January 2015.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 4/30/2014, 3:15 PM

An Israeli startup is poised to bring the printer up to the mobile digital age, by creating a printer that can fit in your pocket.

Matan Caspi and Tuvia Elbaum of the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) pioneered the initiative while in college, establishing ZUtA Labs. With the initial funding and support of JCT, the startup succeeded in creating the world's first ever mini mobile printer.

"Print machines now-a-days are essentially a printhead running on a moving piece of paper," reads a company statement. "Why can't we just put the printhead on a set of small wheels and let it run across a piece of paper?"

The 10 by 11.5 centimeter (4 by 4.5 inches) device was featured at Microsoft's ThinkNext event.

ZUtA's Kickstarter online fundraising campaign has already broken its $400,000 goal, and with nine days left has already reached over $470,000.

The company says it will have a full line of mobile printers available by January 2015.

The mobile printer features a rechargeable battery with an on and off switch, and can directly connect to smartphones and PCs to print on any size piece of paper.

At the bottom of the device is a sliding hatch revealing the inkjet, along with the USB connection for battery charging.

ZUtA says that inkjet cartridge will last for over 1,000 printed pages, and the battery will work for over an hour after each full charge. The first version will print in grayscale.