New technology - the result of a massive 1.4 billion US dollar investment - by market leading printer manufacturer Hewlett Packard: Edgeline series of multi-function ink based printers.
We've mentioned quite a few times already (in this young blog) how slow ink based printers usually are - but they give great benefits including, brilliant colour and clarity. HP has done a lot of market research and its conclusions were that business users that need high quality colour documents, pronto just can't afford to wait. So HP opened their not very dusty wallet and pulled out over a billion dollars to create edgeline.
Edgeline is the new fancy name for what they have developed, or otherwise known as scalable printing technology. The new technology could revolutionise the future of printing in offices and eventually our homes. It has been used in recent HP devices to produce drops of ink onto paper or other media at up to 150 million drops per second - yes you read that right 150,000,000 minuscule drops of ink every second.
As the name of the new invention suggests - it is also scalable and they reckon that very soon their printers will be producing droplets of ink at 900 million and up to over 1.8 billion every second! Imagine the speed and quality that this would achieve - photo quality billboard size posters at lightning speed.