A Personalized Newspaper: The Little Printer by BERG
By David Pate.
Created by the London-based design studio named BERG, Little Printer is a smart printer for the home. This little device was made available within the past year. It scours the Web on the owner’s behalf, assembling their interests into delightful, personalised miniature newspapers, printed only two inches across. If you’re a publisher, developer or website owner, the Little Printer publishing platform enables you to easily reach Little Printer owners in a direct, engaging way.
Connected to the Web, Little Printer has a wide range of sources available to check on your behalf. We call them “publications”. Use BERG Cloud Remote on your smartphone to subscribe to a range of publications. Subscribe to your favourites and choose when you’d like them delivered. Share your contact details with trusted friends on BERG Cloud and they can send messages straight to your Little Printer! Running late? Use your smartphone to send a message home and Little Printer will deliver it immediately. Send your partner a goodnight kiss or your flatmate a reminder to pick up the milk.
Just plug in this little dude, the Bridge unit, to your router and you’re good to go!
Little Printer holds a compact, inkless, thermal printer. Its zero-configuration wireless connection to the Web (via the Bridge unit, included) lets you place it wherever you have a power outlet. Little Printer is constructed in high-gloss injection moulded plastic and the brushed steel faceplate holds the paper, framing each delivery as it prints.
Graphic design is at the heart of everything Little Printer delivers, making the most of connectivity and print combined. Rendered in crisp black and white these tactile publications take visual cues from traditional halftone lithography and modern pixel art, whether they’re the latest international news or this week’s gossip from friends.
Right on time, your Little Printer gathers everything it needs to prepare a neat little personalised package, printed as soon as you press the button. Publications can be scheduled to arrive at any time of day. BERG recommends arranging for several publications to arrive at once, to create your ideal miniature newspaper. A few examples that BERG offers are: Daily Weather, Reminders, World Population number, BBC Good Food, Daily News, Horoscopes, Instagram Feed, Twitter Feed, Would You Rather, Monster of the Week, Song of the Day, Google Tasks, and even How Many People Are In Space Right Now? notifications. Many Apps, magazines, blogs, and social media networks offer a large variety of publications. Their three newest publications are: The New York Times, Google Analytics, and Slitherlink!
Some of BERG’s launch partners are Google, theguardian, foursquare, and ARUP. BERG is always looking for new partners and ideas for publications! They are very open to Developers utilizing BERG CLOUD and the Little Printer to expand personal ideas.
Going for just over $215 USD, The Little Printer Starter Pack ships with everything you need: Little Printer, the BERG Cloud Bridge, cables, power adaptors and three rolls of BPA-free thermal paper. They ship from the UK, and deliver to the EU, North America, Australia, and New Zealand currently. Check out Little Printer in their shop!
Also – Big News: Today, BERG is announcing their first Sandbox partnership with Fabrica, the Benetton Group’s communication research center! Sandbox is a global program for academic and industry partners, based on BERG Cloud. It is a platform meant to make it easier for companies to experiment with connected devices and services by covering an entire campus to the Berg Cloud platform.
In an update from BERG, they state “In human speak, this means that we’re sharing not only the platform behind Little Printer, but much of the prototyping and product knowledge we’ve gained along the way. We’re going to fill the Fabrica campus with BERG Cloud Bridges, and through workshops and hands-on time with our dev boards help Fabrica to imagine and prototype their own future of connected objects and spaces.”