A new home-based test that could print books at your doorstep has been developed by scientists at MIT.
The new tool could help publishers and libraries keep their books up to date with new technologies.
“If we could just get a copy of the paper that was in the book and we could print it in our garage, it would be the most powerful tool ever to do that,” said Dr. John Mott, the project’s lead author and an assistant professor of materials science and engineering.
“It’s a tool that could help us with the printing of books in the future.”
The printer was developed in partnership with the MIT Media Lab.
It’s built to print out the typeface and ink used to create books.
“I’m not sure how often people actually read their books,” Mott said.
“I don’t think it’s something that happens very often.”
To test the printer, Mott and his team were using a prototype printed paper to create an e-book.
They printed out a printout of a book and then inserted it into a test printer, which then printed out the entire page of the book.
“We put a little bit of ink in it, and then we put the paper back in the test printer and we printed it again,” Mots said.
The test printout was then put into a large, plastic box and left in the garage for a month.
The researchers watched how the printer read and copied the book as it was printed.
They then took the test book to a friend’s house for a final printing and scanned it.
“It’s basically an online version of a physical book,” Mot said.
Mott and Mott were able to print books with ease and without any special equipment.
“They were able, if you put the printer into the garage, to print the entire book in a matter of seconds,” Moth said.
“And they were able with the printout, to do it in a fraction of a second,” Mowts said.
It’s unclear how many books could be printed with the printer.
There are currently no commercial printers that can do the job, Mowthsaid.
However, Mot believes there could be more than 100,000 e-books that could be digitized.
“The biggest concern is that the printer will only be able to reproduce certain types of books,” he said.
However, Moth thinks the printouts would be useful for more than e-readers.
“One of the things that we think is really interesting is that we can also do digital scanning,” Moweatsaid.
“So, the printer can also print things digitally and you can print it into books, which are really easy to do.”
If you’re a fan of printouts, you might want to take a look at the technology.
It was created with funding from the DARPA Digital Challenge.
It is not a commercial product.