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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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Surely the BPAA will object!
By Doormat on 9/23/2006 7:51:35 PM , Rating: 3
You'd think the Book Publishers Association of America would object to this, since it could lead to the couterfeiting of books.

We must install DRM in every book and every printer!!!




RE: Surely the BPAA will object!
By quiksilv3r on 9/23/2006 8:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
Oh noes! They came out with a DRM stripping method for books! It looks remarkably like a pair of scissors!


RE: Surely the BPAA will object!
By Noobsa44 on 9/24/2006 11:16:12 PM , Rating: 3
In a form and fashion, they already have DRM in copy machines and printers. They have ways of identifing the printer using a finger print like system (via microscopic dots on the page, usually yellow in color printers). Also they have designed printers to not be able to copy money per federal regulations. Really, I see no technological reason why DRM'd books couldn't exist if a federal law were introduced.


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