I just got back from ICFF, where
I saw some amazing things. But one of the products I found myself thinking
the most about wasn't at ICFF, it was this wall mountable printer at the Cooper
Hewitt Design Triennial designed by
& Floyd. I have to admit, I've totally come to accept the
predictable form and large footprint of most printers, but this concept design has totally changed how I think about
printers. In the days of flat screens, and wireless laptops, there's just
no reason why printers shouldn't follow suit. That said, one of the big
printer manufactures should totally make this thing! I'll buy two!
Also, the way it displays the printouts like a picture in a frame, it could be a
great way to share photos with friends and family if you could remotely print
directly to the printer. My only minor critiques of the product are that
it looks a little tricky to get your prints out of that little slot. Seems
like if the front were a door, or if it didn't have those side edges it would be
much easier to extract the pages. Also, while the concept for the product
is that it prints wirelessly, they didn't really address how it's powered.
Personally, I don't really like the idea of a battery powered printer, but I'm
not wild about having a power cord hanging off the printer when mounted to the
wall either. But if forced to choose I think I'd prefer the latter.
Ransmeier & Floyd at Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Ransmeier & Floyd