Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed: Portable Digital Printer
Pocket-size digital cameras sales continue to increase year after year. The quality of pixels improve and the size of the camera grows smaller and thinner. These tiny gadgets are great to have when on vacation or stored in your glove box or carry in your purse for that unexpected picture-perfect moment.
Downside of course is that you usually wait until you get home to Photoshop
the photographs before you send copies to friends and family. But what if I told you that you don't have to wait anymore?
With compact portable cameras you can also own a compact Portable Digital Printer. That's right, you can print out the photos right on the spot. This is a great gadget for both work and pleasure.
If you are a real estate agent you can print out pictures of the rooms of a house to potential clients on the spot so they can take those photos with them. A location scout for a film studio can print potential exterior locations immediately and rush them over to the producer without taking a trip back home.
Great gadget for pleasure as well like a family reunion, click and print right on the spot. Also cool when you meet up with friends you've not seen in a while. Pose for a picture, pull out the printer and make copies in a ginger snap!
One portable printer gadget is the ultra sleek Polaroid PoGo
reasonably priced at $50. Small, fits in a large pocket or purse weighs at one pound. Pogo prints photos from digital camera or cell phone camera using either blue tooth or USB port.
Please note your camera or your cell phone--whichever device you are using to take pictures--must have PictBridge which allows print directly from camera to printer without the use of a computer. Most cameras have PictBridge, but make sure yours does before you buy the Pogo.
The PoGo prints 2 x 3 inches borderless photos--and when fully charged it can print up to fifteen photos. Pogo gadget uses Zink technology which is "zero ink." The image embeds crystals onto the photo paper then activates the color of the crystals through heat. The paper comes out with an overcoat that prevents finger print smears.
The Sony PVP-MSH portable digital printer
can print not just from a camera but also from a few brands of camcorders using a memory stick. No cables necessary, prints photos 3.5 x 2.25 inches. The Sony weighs in at five pounds not quite as pocket-portable as the Pogo and also a bit pricey at near $400. Whichever printer gadget you buy hinges on your budget and what features are of value to you.
On the spot photo printing is the wave of the future. Once you've printed your very first photo on the spot you'll ask yourself…
"How did I ever live without this?
Let me know what you think about this gadget in the comments.
Charli "Chuck" Gulley is a screenwriter, filmmaker and freelance writer who lives in Southern California. Quite the tomboy as she enjoys Rugby, Fencing and touch football. She's an alumnus of the prestigious screenwriter's workshop, "Writers Bootcamp." Her passion is Hollywood, anything and everything to do with filmmaking. If you don't find her on set you can find her at the arcade playing air hockey and eating pizza.