This device is ‘Web World meet Real World’ technology. Called the Little Printer, it’s a Web-connected, tiny printer that keeps you updated & connected about everything important that you want to know about. Yes, it actually prints out little slips of black & white paper.
As the name suggests, this dinky little printer connects wirelessly to a “Bridge” that is, in turn, hooked up to your broadband router. You control & configure the printer through an application that can be used from your desktops, smartphones & Tablets alike.
So what exactly does the Little Printer print? For starters, you can set it up to spew out newsfeeds & updates from over 160 free publications. It’s like the ticker tape of yore, only tinier & with pictures. Tear off a tab & read it while on your way to work, instead of peering down that smartphone of yours.
You may even use Little Printer as a social sharing tool to receive photos & messages. It’s also a fun way to communicate with other family members at home while you’re out, i.e. remotely-located. Eg: You are in London, shoot a pic at the London Bridge on your smartphone & send it across to the Little Printer in your New York home where someone will press a button & print out the image. Fun, right? The sharing & remote features allow the entire family to use it separately for their own subscriptions & for sending remote messages.
The compact ticker-like black & white messages which the printer spits out & the Cloud-based platform behind it makes it a wee bit different from your typical WiFi printer.
Little Printer connects the Internet with the real world in your home, & as such is a part of the Internet of Things that includes smart connected homes.
The aforementioned Bridge connects the Little Printer to the BERG Cloud. BERG is the London, UK-based firm that developed the Little Printer.
The connected technologies & platform they created to wirelessly connect & feed content to the printer worked out so well that they are now offering the BERG Cloud as a cloud-based platform that can support prototyping & development of new web-connected products.
Using BERG Cloud’s plug-&-play capabilities, innovators can skip the whole platform & software development part & jump right to the hardware aspects of product development.
Little Printer was launched by the London, UK-based product development company BERG in 2012. BERG was founded by Matt Webb & Jack Schulze. Webb is the company’s CEO while Schulze is Head of Product.
Development of the Little Printer was self-funded, but BERG has since raised $1.3 million in seed funding from investors including Index Ventures, Initial Capital & Connect Ventures. Thanks to this initial seed round of investments, BERG decided in late 2013 to get Little Printer into the world.
Here’s a short video to let you know how it works:
Editor’s Note: What grabbed our attention is a cute thing these guys have done. You can type a piece of code wherever you are & it will print on the Little Printer in the BERG office, which you can see ‘Live’.
Image Credit: Little Printer/BERG
Video Credit: YouTube/BERG