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Battery-Free Smartphone Printers

The Holga Printer Wants to Reimagine Mobile Photography

— October 12, 2018 — Tech
Printers often require an in-wall AC plug, but the new Holga Printer runs batter-free and manages to turn smartphone pictures into film. While the Holga Printer does mimic the uses of a printer, the device is better described as an digital copier. Instead of drawing files from a smartphone, the printer takes a photo of a smartphone screen and spits out a print from Instax mini film.

An accompanying app further augments the Holga Printer and allows users to mimic the effects of the classic Holga camera. The app is full of effects Holga cameras are known for and also offers recommendations to help the printer better capture the photo on the screen.

The printer is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and is expected to release in March 2019.
Trend Themes
1. Battery-free Smartphone Printers - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop new ways to print photos directly from smartphones without the need for batteries or AC plugs.
2. Digital Copier Printers - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create printers that can capture and print photos directly from smartphone screens, providing a more convenient and portable printing experience.
3. App-enhanced Printing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Design printers that integrate with smartphone apps to offer additional features, such as special effects and photo optimization.
Industry Implications
1. Printer Manufacturing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop battery-free printers that cater to the growing demand for mobile printing.
2. Consumer Electronics - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create digital copier printers that revolutionize how people print and share photos on-the-go.
3. Mobile App Development - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Build apps that enhance the printing experience by offering unique effects and recommendations for smartphone printers.
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