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How Ink-free Mobile Photo Printers Work


We go together: Polaroid is teaming with its spinoff company to make an instant, ink-free mobile photo printer.
We go together: Polaroid is teaming with its spinoff company to make an instant, ink-free mobile photo printer.

How many cherished pictures do you have saved in your phone or digital camera right now? If you're like most people, probably quite a few -- just sitting there, taking up digital space. As much as we enjoy digital picture taking, we miss old-fashioned, hard copy photos. And, despite the availability of high-quality photo printers, laziness and inconvenience often lie in the path of printing those pictures out.

Lucky for us, new mobile photo printers are making it easier and faster for us to free our trapped images from their digital prisons -- all without using a drop of ink.

Without ink, photo printers can be dramatically smaller than their predecessors, making them more convenient and even portable. Some stationary photo printers are advertised as "mobile" because they receive wireless signals to print. However, with inkless printing technology, printers can be mobile in a more radical way -- you can carry it around in a pocket or a purse, just like a cell phone. And best of all, because it doesn't need any kind of traditional ink, the maintenance is as easy as refilling photo paper.

So what's the technology behind this photo-cranking machine? And is it really small enough to fit in your pocket? Learn more on the next page.­

 


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