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Zink – A Life Changer?

February 7, 2007

Most new ideas are small, incremental steps forward, or built for a limited audience. This is especially true of many of the Web 2.0 stuff being launched these days, most no more than “widgets” that a relatively small band of hardcore techies have interest in.

Zink is different.

Zink stands for “zero ink.” It lets you print color digital images without ink cartridges or ribbons.

Here’s how it works: Zink is really a special paper that has dye crystals embedded into it. The printer then heats up the paper in a way that it brings out the colors in the shape of the images on your photo. You have to buy the Zink paper for it to work and I think you need a special printer that is compatible with the paper.

This isn’t all ready for you to go out and use, but the point is the technology is there. Now it’s just a matter of getting it into the market. And there’s absolutely no doubt that people want printers that don’t force you to continually buy ink—everyone knows that’s where the real cost of printing lies.

I have no idea about the quality of the Zink images. It might suck. But, even if it does, if the technology has reached this point, it will continue to be refined until it’s the standard. So, no more ink for printing your photos.

Now, when are they going to make this happen for my document printer?

e-mail me: adam@bessed.com

Adam Jusko is founder and CEO of Bessed, a Web site promising “search without spam”, thanks to human-edited search results and ongoing visitor feedback. Do a search, offer your comments, submit your site–help create the “bessed” search site in the world.

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