I had some sad news in my inbox this morning. Berg, the makers of Little Printer, are closing shop.
My Little Printer is a tad extravagant, I never got around to creating my own feeds or setting up an interface to allow people to contact me through the Imaginary Media website. But the concept is really fantastic.
Back in April, +Matt Webb
from Berg was writing about the Internet of Things and what made the Little Printer so cool. Instead of using USB and printer drivers the Little Printer uses the web. It prints rendered HTML, it connects to the internet not the back of a fusty PC with a parallel cable (remember those?).
Berg have hinted that the Little Printer backend could be released as an open source product if there are no buyers. And I imagine there would be a lot of growth if it goes down that path. Users could create decentralised servers to manage printers while still being able to subscribe to published feeds for regular content.
Printers are something of an anachronism. Few photos wind up glossy 4x6 prints in a physical album and most paper invoices and receipts I get are scanned, stored in the cloud, then recycled.
But that's also what makes the tangible and physical special. What we choose to keep is more important because of the things we let go.
Hopefully there is life in my Little Printer yet.