Traditionally, printers are clunky, unattractive pieces of machinery that sit idly until ordered to spit out your work. But Berg Cloud is hoping to change that.
The company announced today that Little Printer, its pint-sized device, is now available for pre-order at (an admittedly extortionate) £199.00 plus £6.50 p&p.
When Berg unveiled the tiny printer in November, it got a lot of attention, with more than 60,000 people signing up to receive updates about the Little Printer's debut.
For eight months, Berg said in a blog post, the company has been putting together the pieces of its tiny smiling printer - fixing bugs, building developers' API, and setting up payment methods. Today, the product begins its manufacturing stage.
Rather than handling industrial-sized print jobs, however, Little Printer will produce hard copies of data from your every-day life. Little Printer can tap into news headlines, puzzles, or friends' birthday reminders thanks to tieups with Foursquare, Google, and The Guardian. Friends and family can also send direct messages to Little Printer, to be printed and received by the miniscule machine's owner.
The Berg Cloud Remote smartphone app keeps subscriptions organised – users can arrange their publications to automatically deliver at any time of the day, and then print their headlines, Google Tasks to-do lists, and Instagram photos from the Cloud Remote. The app is optimised for iPhone, Android smartphones, and Windows Phone.
Four different Little Printer faces – two male, two female – are available to choose from, offering a friendly smile every time you print the next Sudoku puzzle or the daily news.
Berg expects to begin shipping its product in 60 days, according to the blog. The first production run will be big, but will stick to a fixed size to help warm up the factories. A second run some weeks later will move the company into a regular production cycle.
The printer stands about 3.3in wide, and a total of 5.07in from front to back, according to Berg Cloud's website. Little Printer ships with three rolls of paper, an Ethernet cable, the Berg Cloud Bridge and a power cord.
To see Little Printer in action, watch the company's video below.