Here comes the inkless printer! Frustrated by the lack of functionality in several strains of e-paper,Â the wonderful peopleÂ atÂ XeroxÂ in Palo Alto and Canada have been hard at work creating a functional, erasable paper that might not perform as many gymnastics as e-paper, but could still throw a kink into the bottomless-salad world of present day office paper. This new kind of paper absorbs characters superimposed upon it by U.V. source printers for up to 24 hours, at which point the paper will begin its regression back to blank. So far, the paper can be recycled fifty times before it's superannuated. Not as great as an Etch-a-Sketch, but what a boon to finally have a proper palimpsest in the workplace! You can read a great interview with a Xerox lab manager here. Link via TOFT.
New printers stanching the flow of ink
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May 30, 2007 - 08:17am