Vice President, Rational Continuous Engineering Solutions
IBM Software Group
Printers have gone through very few major changes over the years. When I started working, typewriter based impact printers were state of the art. They were surprisingly fast and incredibly loud. They gave way to the seemingly magical dot matrix printers with their sweeping motions and multiple fonts. From there, we saw ink jet printers, laser printers and even color laser printers and 3D printers. They were connected by serial cables, then parallel cables, then USB, ethernet and even wifi. But, throughout that time, they almost always looked like a boring big box with only subtle changes in the shape and colors.
But, there is a new innovation that really changes the entire packaging of a printer! This printer is a small robot that 'drives' across a paper and prints as it goes. Students at the Jeruselum College of Technology created this wireless robot to print a standard A4 sheet of paper in under a minute. And, it looks like magic as it works! I encourage you to watch this animated GIF to see it in action. It makes the last 50 years of printers look like dinosaurs. It even comes in 2 colors and works with Android, iOS, Linux, OS X and Windows!