Are you the kind of person who tears out parts of magazines because there was something you wanted to save? Well, you don't have to fear mob violence or risk shame any more for defacing property. "You can take it with you" is the idea behind the OKSU compact cube printer, which prints out small cards of items you'd like to save.
Creator Alex Zhulin's concept is simple. Take a picture of what you want to save and when you want a physical version of your item, fire up the OKSU. The mini printer uses Z-INK paper with built in color pigments that appear when printing. That means no cartridges.
Plus, the addition NFC chips is a nice feature, allowing the user to automatically reload content from of the printed piece back on your digital device.
Oh I know what you are thinking, "what's the freakin' point?" There's an app or website for virtually anything you could want, with social media sites or boards to pin things on. Plus you've got the picture of the item in the first place, right?
Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical myself…well, let's say more than usual.
But with enough time I could think of a few ways I'd use the OKSU. Recipes are a great example — no one wants to hold their iPhone over a bowl of cake batter as they're making a cake. A small recipe card would do the trick there. Photos of articles have print that Superman would have trouble reading.
With the addition of the NFC chip, musicians could use the cards at shows. Users would have a sample of their music, and could be taken back to their website after a gig.
Assuming the price is right for the printer and the special paper, it's a handy enough idea I'd give it a try. I'm always ruining phones and tablets by taking them places I shouldn't so I'm the perfect target audience.
The OKSU is still in the concept phases right now; no word on when it might be available.