February 09, 2007

Printing on water & more

  • The Jeep Waterfall is a totally fantastic, “3,000 valve, 20-pump contraption” that essentially prints images onto falling water–much as an inkjet would onto moving paper. The eye-popping video is well worth a watch.
  • Taking a similar concept in a horizontal direction, the AMOEBA device uses wave generators to print letter & pictures on water. Each one is visible for just a moment, and a new one can be shown every 3 seconds. There’s a brief video of the device in action, but I find the still image is more impressive. [Aside: I think my life would be greatly enriched by a background audio track of breathless Japanese narration.]
  • If that $10k/gallon inkjet business has gotten you down, you might like hearing about the ZINK inkless printing system. It promises a zero-ink printing process by embedding dye crystals in the paper itself. [Via the Elements team]
  • ToughPrint promises waterproof inkjet paper, suitable for making, say, a map, then taking it hiking in the rainforest (as one does). [Via]

For more printing goodness, see previous entries.

Posted by John Nack at 2:05 AM on February 09, 2007


  • .Carsten — 12:46 AM on February 09, 2007

    The waterfall realy is an old thing. I saw it in an Museum-Installation of an artist I can’t remember by name in the beginning of 2006 and some weeks ago it was part of the scenery in a Theatreplay in Berlin. It’s quite an amzing effect tht gets more and more popular. Perhaps next time we’ll see the Niagara Falls with the logo of Adobe at the presentation of CS4. That’ll be coooool ;-)
    [It shall be done!! –J.]

  • DaveP — 6:36 AM on February 09, 2007

    Printing on water is pretty ding-dang cool, but I still miss when Sharpie permanent markers could write on an ice cube. Now that they have to be non-toxic, it just doesn’t work. Grump!
    [Dang litigious society… I blame John Edwards. ;-) –J.]

  • Hanford — 4:41 PM on February 09, 2007

    Great set of links John! How do you come up with this stuff …
    [Heh–always trying to keep it interesting. The really gut-wrenching thing is that I blew away some 2 dozen blog drafts when I did a deep cleaning of my hard drive, removing all CS3-era apps. I’m really bumming about that one… –J.]

  • Eric — 1:13 PM on February 14, 2007

    The Jeep waterfall is interesting it’s similar to this Pipedream project, although Pipedream is images made of bubbles which is about the opposite of images made of falling water.

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