Smartphones and printers are not something which you generally think of as working together in tandem very often, and that’s to be expected since for the most part, work which requires the use of a printer is generally done on a desktop or laptop. Google has made things a little bit easier in this regard thanks to Google Cloud Print services, but there really hasn’t been a solution for anyone looking for a smartphone compatible printer which is not only an affordable option, but a portable one. A recent idea on Kickstarter called droPrinter wants to change this and is essentially offering exactly that, an affordable and portable printer solution which can be used with smartphones.
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This little printer fits in the palm of your hand so it really is quite portable, and it connects to devices via Bluetooth so usability should be relatively simple. What makes it so cost efficient is partially because it uses thermal paper for the printing, alleviating any need for extremely costly printing ink. If you commonly go through ink in a standard printer then you know how much the cost can rack up for replacement cartridges. Its creators boast it can do just about anything when it comes to printing and let you print whatever happens to be on your smartphone screen at the time including images, web pages, messages, etc. Another example they use is for creating convenient shopping lists.
To keep things small and as modern as possible, droPrinter includes a rechargeable battery to keep it going, which according to the details on the kickstarter page will allow for up to 120 hours of battery life, or 7 hours of battery life if you need to do continuous printing. The kickstarter is already at $18,922 of its $11,224 goal with 23 days left to go, and backers can expect this be shipped sometime around March of 2016. As for backer amounts, starting off with the $65 price point will get you the early bird special which nets you one droPrinter, one roll of thermal paper for printing and one hall of fame mention. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in you can check out the full details at the kickstarter page and watch the video below.