High-yield information experiences are increasingly important, and our connected devices provide these experiences on a regular basis. But can print integrate into the information flows emanating from the cloud?
A new product called Little Printer promises to combine the cloud with nice little printings, as this video shows:
The video is appealing in a number of ways. It reminds me of a print version of Flipboard, the iPad reading interface. I can imagine printing out my morning’s Twitter stream or Facebook feed, perhaps a few headlines from a favorite news source, the forecast, and so forth. I could also grab a recipe this way without having to use a full sheet of paper, print coupons, or generate boarding passes. The size is definitely appealing, and suits a lot of the paper use-cases.
The technology seems to rely on a proprietary cloud approach, as detailed in the company’s promotional literature:
Underlying Little Printer is our new technology for connecting and controlling wireless products in the home, and we call it BERG Cloud. Little Printer’s brain isn’t on a chip in its body, but on the Web where it can reach out and touch other Web-enabled services, and where we can provide updates and improvements without you having to install anything. . . . Little Printer wirelessly connects (with no configuration) to a small box that plugs into your broadband router. . . . your phone is your remote control. We think of BERG Cloud as the nervous system for connected products. It’s built to run at scale . . .
I can imagine abstracts printing out on this when an issue is published. Talk about a nice service for scientists and physicians.
Little Printer is due out in 2012. It’s what BERG Cloud is hoping will be a line of smart products pulling information by connecting them to cell phones through the cloud.