London company BERG announced a new product available in 2012. It’s called the Little Printer. This is a cube shaped device that sits on your table, and prints out lists, Facebook comments, stock quotes and a lot more. It would make a great receipt printer or bookmark maker for people that still have books, but is this little thermal printer ten years too late?
Little printer connects up to your wireless router. You configure Little Printer through a phone app – which they will have partner content from Arup, Foursquare, Google, the Guardian, and Nike. Once configured with the content you want, press the button on this device and it will print out said content.
“We love physical stuff” says Matt Webb, CEO of BERG. “Connecting products to the Web lets them become smarter and friendlier – they can sit on a shelf and do a job well, for the whole family or office – without all the attendant complexities of computers, like updates or having to tell them what to do. Little Printer is more like a family member or a colleague than a tool.”
Little Printer is the first in a line of small devices BERG plans to put out in the next few years.
The device is pretty interesting, but in this day and age, this is content we can get on smartphones and tablets. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can get a text message with similar content, eliminating the paper factor.
There could be advantages to this – Possibly if this connects up with a Point of Sales (POS) register system. Another advantage is if you are a book reader, this could be a bookmark for the day. Puzzles and games like Sudoku might be another reason to get this printer.