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It'll be like having 1000 Johann Gutenbergs every minute! (image from the University of Houston)
Yes, we're gonna have to go right to ludicrous speed... when printing

The printing press, perhaps the greatest invention by modern man, could be taking another leap. A pair of engineers from the College of Judea and Samaria in Israel published their research in a recent edition of the Applied Physics Letters, which details an ink jet print head capable of printing ~1000 pages per minute.

Researchers Moshe Einat and Nissim Einat have designed a print head called JeTrix that is conceptually similar to that of a LCD monitor. The printer head features micro-reservoirs of ink, and each reservoir is responsible for an element on the page, just like how each pixel is represented on an LCD monitor. Traditional ink-jet heads need to move back and forth across paper, but this new concept enlarges the print head to the cover the entire sheet. This allows a page to be printed in just one process, which explains the remarkable printing speed.

This isn’t some idea cooked up in the heads of a couple mad scientists - Moshe Einat and Nissim Einat have already experimented with a 57600 nozzle matrix print head and achieved good results as proof of their design. The implications of JeTrix mean more than just improved printer technology; it could also lead to new ways of gathering and spreading information.

“The future applications of JeTrix will be traditional, such as extremely high-speed printers for industry, offices, and homes. But we also anticipate brand-new, pioneering applications. One example is in-store book printing – where the book is printed instantly for the customer. This could enable small bookshops or even airport kiosks to carry a huge variety of books. There's also personalization – newspapers or journals printed with a customer's name, favorite topics, and suitable advertisements,” Moshe Einat told PhysOrg.com.

With additional funding and R&D, the researchers behind this technology believe that commercial products based on the JeTrix printing head could be available in two years.


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RE: Colleges...
By jmunjr on 9/23/2006 2:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
So what? Take a breather during the wait. Speed may be good, but it isn't important. People need to quit obsessing with speed, unless you're using it to have fun. Instead, enjoy your time, read a book(slowly), drink a beverage(slowly), have a nice snack. Chat with friends. If you live your life too quickly, it'll be over before you know it.


RE: Colleges...
By darkfoon on 9/23/2006 5:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not quite sure why this post has been voted down so hard.
It's a valid point. As technology increases, we forget that humans are human and we treat everybody like a computer: we want it now and if it isn't ready now, then we'll yell at you. Just like we do to our computers.

Certainly this is a neat invention, but it doesn't really improve daily life as much as the first printing press did. As time goes on, the amount of positive gain from inventions becomes smaller and smaller; it is a case of diminishing returns. We are already beginning to see that most inventions are only modest improvements, at best, of their predecessors.


RE: Colleges...
By CSMR on 9/23/06, Rating: 0
RE: Colleges...
By Mirabiles on 9/23/2006 9:44:34 PM , Rating: 5
i think you're missing the point. the idea is that a small device can now print a book (A BOOK) while you wait. buying the latest novel at the airport can now happen at a machine in a kiosk, rather than in a crammed little store with limited selections.
from a marketing standpoint, the article also brings up interesting things like personalized advertising in print-to-order magazines and such.

the speed factor is not just neat because it means we have to wait less for our emails to print out (does anyone even do that anyway?), it is all about opening up new possibilities.


RE: Colleges...
By lemonadesoda on 9/24/2006 10:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
i think you're missing the point about e-books and e-paper!!! With e-paper and wi-fi, material can be personalised, uploaded or even "pushed" from anywhere at anytime. And, the weight is no more than ONE book, but you can store thousands on it!

KIOSK printing is nonesense, unless you're the old-fashioned sort and want to have your emails printed and bound in your preferred executive leather bound look. LOL.


RE: Colleges...
By Eris23007 on 9/25/2006 7:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'm all for the internet and whiz-bang new tech, but:

1) E-books are extremely expensive. MUCH more so than conventional books. Paper books will have a place in the market for a long time.

2) Regular books use no batteries -> no recharging.

3) Reading e-books just plain sucks. I've tried to read stuff on my PDA many times and I just can't get into it the way I can on paper.

As soon as someone solves THAT problem... Sweet! Until then, making books easier and cheaper to print = AWESOME.


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