(Zero ink) Imaging has invented a new way to print and experience full-color digital images without ink cartridges or ribbons. A simple approach to printing, ZINK Digital Imaging Technology embeds color-dye crystals into ZINK paper for affordable, durable and high-quality prints.DEMO
, a website that showcases products looking for investors (ahem Wii Weights
), has a more in-depth look at the Zink technology, and a video explaing some of its potential applications.TreeHugger
points out the most important aspects — environmental implications.
"The point out that the eco-efficient aspect of this technology is that it eliminates wasteful ink packaging and discarded ink cartridges. ZINK says the paper is non-toxic and recyclable".
And the technology is such that it is easily applied to larger scale printers. Billboards? Ink has long been the bane of environmentally conscious designers. Even the most eco friendly of inks can often render papers relegated to deep down-cycling.
While I think it is a technology worth noting, Zink will truly impress me if they create the paper in a manner that is infinitely recyclable. Perhaps after use, the paper is dipped in a solution that returns the crystal to their original state, allowing for another round of printing without relying on virgin pulp.
Labels: Environmental Design, Inkless Prining, Zink