October 05, 2007
By Taeho Lim
DoubleSided: A Wall-Mounted Printer That Doubles as a Picture Frame, and a Desktop Printer That Does the Same
If you consider each photo you print as a work of art, shouldn't you treat it like one? Serious photographers need look no further than the Netherlands for the perfect solution. Furniture designer Ransmeier & Floyd has introduced a new wireless printer that hangs on your wall and frames your prints as they come out.
On the plus side, it looks stylish and hangs quite nicely. However, we don't know much else about this interesting contraption. If you can't plug it in, how exactly does it get its power? Also, how do you remove your print without wrinkling it?
Notwithstanding these quibbles, we want one! And maybe we'll get one soon, though from the other side of the world. The wall-mounted printer became a patented invention on May 1, 2007. The assignee? None other than Silverbrook Research, maker of Memjet.
While this prototype model hasn't hit the market yet, expect it to outperform the top photo printers in form, but not function. We figure consumers won't buy this printer for its speed anyway. Regardless of how it does commercially, don't be surprised to find it hanging on the wall of a trendy bar near you in the not-too-distant future.
Don't have the wall space to spare? Industrial designer John Kestner has designed the Vivien Photoradio, a printer inside a desktop photo frame. Currently just a model, albeit with some spiffy documentation, there's no word yet on a patent. For now, you'll have to make do with boxier though much more functional portable printers like the HP Photosmart A626.
We all have our idiosyncrasies. So do printers as it turns out. In our DoubleSided feature, we explore the lighter side of printers as well as the esoteric and bizarre. We also peer into the future of printing. From fabbers to printing on toast, you'll find it all here.