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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Silverbrook's Memjet

Check out this fascinating new printer technology, from "secretive" Silverbrook. "The company has released astounding videos of desktop, photo and wide-format printers that print pages and photos 5 to 10 times faster than products from current printer market leaders HP, Canon, Epson and Lexmark."

Posted by: DAVID EMERICK


11 Comments:

Blogger jon said...

Although i'm slightly sceptical about that video (doesn't show plain paper going in) i wouldn't mind getting samples as i am very interested in buying this.

lets hope it doesn't have a stupid tiny ink cartridge system like epsons (non pro) and hp viveras 363s. Hopefully some sort of CIS.

1:31 PM  
Blogger jon said...

In addition,

look at how busy these guys are. That is one hell of a lot of work and patents. I'm impressed.

http://www.freshpatents.com/Silverbrook-Research-Pty-Ltd-cndirs.php

1:42 PM  
Blogger Robert Meier said...

The link doesn't work.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

You can see the videos at the Memjet website and I think I saw somewhere that the cartridges are going to 50ml. I can't find the link to that reference though...

http://memjet.com/

5:15 PM  
Blogger Edward Casati said...

The link died because it was a top hit on DIGG.COM, so they already either ate up all the bandwidth, overloaded the servers, or whatever.
The technology is realistic... just one wide printer head. Quality is where photo printing is at these days, not speed, and that is where the debate over this technology really resides.

5:37 PM  
Blogger jon said...

link does work. Just copy and paste the url.

Done some more research. As far as i can tell they are not making a printer instead developing and selling the technology.

Found some more good links from an independent research company lyra.com. Its a long and informative webcast presentation

http://www.webcastgroup.com/client/start.asp?wid=0830315073194

you have to register but i used false info and my spam gmail account.

On Engadget there is a very long comment left by an employee of lyra.com with more information. Just search "silverbrook" there and find the last comment.

One last link

http://technabob.com/blog/2007/03/20/memjet-confirmed-get-ready-for-superfast-printing/

(sorry, although i have learn't a bit of vhdl,c++ and matlab coding i've never bothered with html)

Silverbrook is a weird privately funded company (est 1994) that has yet to release a product as far as i can tell.

All in all it looks extremely promising. Just really hope i'm not being taken for a ride. I suppose we'll find out soon enough.

5:48 PM  
Blogger tim atherton said...

Jon,

it was supposed to have biggish ink tanks for a low price.... (hmm)

but now it's gone, methinks maybe someone was testing their April Fools page and didn't keep it behind the firewall...?

6:23 PM  
Blogger Andy Frazer said...

Here is Google's cached version of *similar* page (which was also removed) that discusses their technology:

http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:ynTUgE_lXa8J:www.texyt.com/silverbrook%2Bmemjet%2Bprinter%2Binkjet%2Bcanon%2Bepson%2Bhp%2Bmems%2Biprint%2Blyra+silverbrook+memjet+edgeline&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=us

6:27 PM  
Blogger tim atherton said...

hey - it's up again

Jon:

"The desktop printer's individual color ink cartridges hold 50ml of ink, an almost unprecedented amount in a consumer product, and will sell for less than $20 each, the company predicts. Most existing inkjet printers from companies like Epson use ink cartridges with a capacity of about 10ml, and prices of $15 to $30."

6:29 PM  
Blogger Stan said...

More information about the memjet technologies: www.memjet.com.
And here are videos with even wide-format printer http://www.memjet.com/media.aspx.
Very impressive.

6:31 PM  
Blogger David Emerick said...

PC Magazine has now picked up on this too.

cheers

david

8:17 AM  

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