Z-INK's WINNERS OF DESIGN-YOUR-OWN-PRINTER CONTEST

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Z-INK's WINNERS OF DESIGN-YOUR-OWN-PRINTER CONTEST

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    Zink Imaging names winners in its design-your-own-printer contest
    Zink
    Imaging named the winners of its printer-design contest, which drew
    both professional and amateur designers to help create the next
    generation of its inkless printers.The Zero Boundaries competition was
    a good example of crowdsourcing, where you motivate a lot of people to
    create something on your behalf. While such contests are common, Zink
    managed to get a lot of high-quality work from a bunch of industrial
    designers for a low price.It is giving out $25,000 in awards, with the
    winners including design firms and students from the U.S., China,
    Romania, Brazil and the Netherlands. But the payoff for Zink comes with
    sparking designers’ imaginations for how to incorporate Zink’s inkless
    imaging (which embeds dry ink in paper and then melts it to produce
    colors) into new kinds of gadgets such as a digital camera. Since
    Zink’s products don’t need inkjet cartridges, they can be designed into
    a wide array of devices. The designs reflected the need to enhance
    freedom and mobility, a couple of the pervasive themes in all of
    consumer electronics.

    mini-smallThe first-place winner in the
    youth category was Zink Mix (top), an iPhone docking station with an
    embedded Zink printer that together with a Zink iPhone app lets youths
    print their web or phone-based content. Patrick Schuur of the design
    firm Maketropolis in the Netherlands created the design.The first-place
    winner in the category of breaking traditional bonds between printer
    and paper was Mini Giant (left), which is a robotic printer that
    self-propels itself over a sheet of Zink paper of any size to create a
    print. It can even do a large format poster. The designer was Paula
    Adina Sumalan, a recently graduated design student from Romania.And the
    People’s Choice winner was smartBC (bel0w), a business card printer
    designed by Brazilian designer Arthur Ditle