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Your future OLED TV could be created with an inkjet printer

Even though California startup Kateeva demonstrated it could print OLED displays way back in 2010, the printer it used was a prototype meant strictly for show and tell. The age of printed OLED TVs might finally be upon us however, as the company recently unveiled the YIELDJet, a machine it’s calling the “world’s first inkjet printer engineered from the ground up for OLED mass production.” The machine is quite an impressive affair, comprising a shifting slab capable of handling glass or plastic sheets big enough for six 55-inch displays along with custom print heads designed to emit teeny tiny OLED pixels.

Why is this a big deal? Due to the oxygen and moisture-hating nature of OLED ingredients, current OLED televisions are built with tricky vacuum evaporation and shadow masking techniques that are too inefficient and wasteful to be inexpensive. The YIELDJet, on the other hand, prints the LEDs in a pure nitrogen chamber to avoid those problems, plus it promises better film coating uniformity as well. This, Kateeva said, will hopefully result in OLED TVs that won’t cost an arm and a leg yet still look stunning when hung on your living room wall. Combined with Sony and Panasonic’s separate efforts to mass-produce the stellar-looking sets, we certainly hope that day comes sooner rather than later.

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gdgt’s best deals for July 8: Brother InkJet all-in-one, Target iPad gift card offer

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Kodak dropping out of the consumer inkjet printer business in 2013

DNP Kodak dropping out of the consumer inkjet printer business in 2013

More gloomy news from Kodak: the company simply revealed that it will stop offering consumer inkjet printers in 2013 and instead concentrate its efforts on commercial printing items. This choice barely comes as a shock: Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year and attempted to auction off a stockpile of patents valued at up to $ 2.6 billion. The business specified on Friday that it anticipates to take a $ 90 million hit due to its floundering inkjet company. Kodak’s garage sale attracted interest from extremely unlikely alliances in the type of Apple and Microsoft versus Google and Samsung, but apparently only reeled in discouraging offers under the $ 500 million mark. Wishing to rebound next year as a “lean,” mean, successful machine, we’ll just need to wait and see what develops for this fallen photography frontrunner.

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Lexmark announces detailed restructuring plan: 1,700 layoffs, inkjet business to be nixed

Lexmark announces detailed restructuring plan 1,700 layoffs, inkjet business to be sold

It’s always a sad day when news come in of hard-working individuals losing their cherished jobs– and, regrettably, today’s one of those dismal days. In a precise news release, Lexmark’s let it be recognized it’ll be be going through a company-wide restructure, however with the primary focus being the exiting of the attire’s inkjet hardware development and production– which, in the end, should save the printer producer about $ 95 million per year once the plan has taken place. Naturally, this doesn’t come without any backlashes, as Lexmark’s revealed these restructuring actions will see around 1,700 around the world jobs be lost; 1,100 of which are producing positions, and additionally consist of the closing of an inkjet supplies making plant in the Philippines. Needless to say, we can just wish Lexmark sees far better days. In the meantime, nevertheless, you can peruse over the company’s official word in the presser located right past the break.

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Inkjet printers used to create abstract art

Inkjet printer art

Printers could not be as huge of a part of our lives as they as soon as were, however that doesn’t imply they don’t have their uses. And for performer Campbell Laird that utilize is art. Laird’s pieces contain a straightforward vector form that is printed on the same piece of paper multiple times. For each pass the shape is altered in some way– it could be flipped or have the color scheme exchanged– and this process is duplicated between 10-80 times. “I have very little idea of exactly how the art will turn out,” Laird explains. “It simply expands organically with each brand-new pass.” Each piece represents 5-7 hours of work, and as Laird notes, the procedure can easily take its toll on your printer– in his case that suggests “thousands of bucks of damages.” The rate we pay for art.

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Researchers print a fully-functional OLED control circuit using an inkjet

Don’t worry, this isn’t about teaching bacteria how to climb out of a petri dish and follow a subway map. The picture above actually shows an OLED display control circuit that was quickly and cheaply manufactured thanks to the joys of inkjet printing. Its makers at UCLA start-up Aneeve Nanotechnologies also claim their carbon nanotube circuit yields better performance than traditional silicon counterparts and should therefore be considered a competing technology. On the other hand, it’s also true that inkjet circuitry has been around in various forms for years, so we must return to the fundamental question: will we ever be able to afford one of these?

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Review: Epson 635 All-in-One Inkjet Printer

Short Version: All-in-Ones are the merkins of the tech world: everyone needs one but no one wants to talk about them. That’s why I’m proud to lift my head high and say, unequivocally, that Epson has ironed out all of the kinks that come with this kind of printer and, in the process, built a handsome and usable device for home, office, or home office. Add in two-sided printing and support for a panoply of paper formats and you have a winner.

Features:

  • Two-sided printing
  • Wired/wireless networking
  • Scan to memory card
  • 15 ppm Black and White printing
  • MSRP: $ 149

Pros:

  • On-board LCD for previews
  • Two-sided printing actually works
  • Quiet, fast printing

Cons:

  • Plastic parts are hard to fit together in a hurry
  • Some photo printing problems
  • UI could be a touch cleaner

 

Review:

I reviewed the previous version of this printer a few years ago and found it lacking. The Wi-Fi connectivity was spotty and the printing was slow and noisy. I’m glad to say that both of those issues have been ironed out in this iteration and that the 635 may be one of the best printers we’ve had in our extensive collection.

The 635 features a large scanner platen that supports duplication, scanning direct to card/USB drive, and faxing (who faxes?). The card reader can grab and print most photographs and you can use almost any sized paper (below the maximum legal size). Duplex printing works in both color and black and white.

I can’t speak for ink longevity as this hasn’t been set up long enough to run down the tanks. However, the color print quality is excellent – if a little sporadic. One photo we printed came out with small, dotted lines marring the face while the next few were pristine. It wasn’t a big enough deal to call for a redo.

Wireless networking is excellent on this model. I was able to set it up and forget it completely, printing from my various home PCs like the Dark Lord Sauron sending his inky minions off to attack the horse people of Rohan using spooky action at a distance. This has always been a big deal with Wi-Fi printers and I’m glad to say the 802.11n networking was seamless, even when you turned the printer on and off. Remember, however, to download the latest drivers from Epson’s website as the included CD is usually outdated.

The printer also has a top-fed document hopper that will accept, scan, and copy about twenty pages at a time. The front panel is very readable although some of the UI elements on screen are a bit confusing, especially the “Print Color” and “Print B&W” button indicators. It takes a moment to figure out what you specifically want to do, but once you’ve got it licked the interface logic is easy to follow.

The only unequivocally bad thing about this printer is the paper tray. If you want to print on bigger or smaller media you have to take out the tray (which is difficult), set spacers, and then stuff the tray back in (which is also difficult.) There is no rear feeder, which is actually a good thing because it means you can place this on a tight shelf and not have to mess around behind the printer.

Conclusion:
Again, AIO printers are pretty boring and unsightly but, thanks to Epson’s improvements and the general impression that this is a more polished and better product than previous 600 series printers. It is a good, general purpose printer for folks who need to do some photo printing but will mostly be spitting out B&W text with the occasional color page.

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