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Little Printer

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about digital versus electronic and Monday’s on Twine comes this announcement from BERG on a new product called Little Printer. As the announcement puts it, “Little Printer lives in your front room and scours the Web on your behalf, assembling the content you care about into designed deliveries a couple of times a day.” What’s more interesting, though, are some of the reasons they chose paper instead of a screen:

We love physical stuff. Connecting products to the Web lets them become smarter and friendlier – they can sit on a shelf and do a job well, for the whole family or office – without all the attendant complexities of computers, like updates or having to tell them what to do. Little Printer is more like a family member or a colleague than a tool.

Plus paper is like a screen that never turns off. You can stick to the fridge or tuck it in your wallet. You can scribble on it or tear it and give it to a friend.

Now this is obviously not a new trend or anything, but what’s neat to me is that it feels like social media is now moving to the physical world. I suspect over the next few years we’ll see more and more devices that let us take the graphs we’ve built and interact with them in some physical way. In the meantime, I’m excited about getting my hands on a printer and while you can’t buy one yet, I did sign up for the mailing list.

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Twine

I really like to see development around physical computing and while Arduino is amazing, it’s still a bit tough to get started with. The idea behind Twine (a well-funded Kickstarter project) is to have a simple devices with some sensors (accelerometer, temperature, etc.) and wifi plus a web interface to do really simple programming (by simple I mean if temperature goes above X send an SMS to Y). I’m excited to see a lot more development in this space over the next few years as hardware production gets cheaper/simpler/less scary and people start to see the value in devices that talk.

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Olly

I have no idea whether this is real or not, but I love the idea of a device that accepts data from the web and converts it into smells. Talk about redefining ambient data.

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