Pocket printers are set to hit the high street shelves after an Israeli startup crowd-funded the $435,000 [£260,000] required to bring the innovative project to market in its attempt to alter the consumer printing landscape.
Zuta Labs, the company behind the project, will start to produce the printer after raising the required funding through a Kickstarter campaign that first got underway back in January.
The Pocket Printer works by using an ink cartridge inside a small robot that crawls across the surface of a piece of paper of any size and prints the document out as if it has come from a full-scale printer.
It uses a number of different wheels to be able to move in different directions and, although the current version is wired, the plan is for the final design to come with a Bluetooth connection to enable it to work with smartphones as well as larger machines.
"It's for someone who wants to print one, two or three pages on the go," Tuvia Elbaum, the firm's chief marketing officer, told the BBC. "A memo, a small contract, notes or even an e-ticket before a flight.
Though it can fit inside a pocket, the printer takes around one minute to print out an A4 page and the current version can only print at a low greyscale level, something that will improve as more pocket printers come on to the market.
Improvements to the miniscule device are already at the forefront of the minds of the Israeli engineers that developed the product and those that have ordered the Pocket Printer can expect a more reliable final device.
"We can now order smaller and stronger engines to make it move faster. The resolution is very low because we are using an old cartridge, but we are talking to several manufacturers to use smarter and newer versions of smaller cartridges,” Elbaum added.
It’s expected that the device will cost around $240 [£140] when it goes on sale to the public in 2015 and future incarnations include those able to print in colour and on a variety of different surfaces such as tiles, T-shirts and walls.