Zink: A printer that doesn't use ink

Zink, a company presenting at the DEMO conference today, announces a novel printing technology: A printer that needs no ink.

Zink printers heat up a printing element and roll plastic paper past the print head once, and presto, a 2-by-3-inch picture comes out dry in 30 seconds.

Dean Takahashi, of the Merc, has the scoop (here’s the link) on this Waltham, Mass. spin-out from Polaroid. This will usher in a range of new devices. Later this year, a digital camera will be launched with a Zink printer inside. Another company will launch an iPod accessory that prints from a camera phone. Say good-bye to that irksome HP printer!