Polaroid Develops Ink-free Portable Printer

Company's coolest device since the instant film.

How often do I get the chance to say this: here’s a printer that’s ”cool”…?

The fact I’m phrasing the question like this should tell you the answer but what has led to this remarkable statement? It’s a little device from Polaroid called the ‘PoGo’. Dubbed the company’s coolest invention since instant film (they had an invention since instant film?) we first brought you info on the PoGo back in February, but this teeny, tiny 120 x 72 x 23.5mm device is now about to hit the UK. Marketed as the printer that prints ”’without ink”’ yes, you read that correctly (it’s why I highlighted it) how on earth does it work?

Well, first off, it isn’t using ordinary paper – nope I knew this would disappoint. Instead the PoGo works with a special form of 3in x 2in stick backed paper with layers of cyan, yellow and magenta pigment crystals already inside. What PoGo then does is use heat to activate these layers and so chuck out prints it claims will be “smudge proof, water resistant, tear proof and fade resistant”.

Interestingly PoGo contains both USB 2.0 and Bluetooth so as well as being portable it can also operate wireless with mobile phones and most modern laptops and it contains an internal battery though this is only good for 15 prints per charge.

Polaroid claims prints will take approximately 60 seconds to appear – which is reasonable – and available now for a £99 RRP it isn’t cheap but it won’t break the bank. 30 sheets of special PoGo paper will cost a more expensive £7, but at least you’ll never need to worry about running out of ink…

See, I told you it was cool!

Polaroid PoGo

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