You configure Little Printer from your phone, and there's some great content to choose from—it's what Little Printer delivers that makes it really special. In the run-up to shipping, BERG will collaboratively develop custom publications with its launch partners—Arup, foursquare, Google, the Guardian, and Nike.
Underlying Little Printer is BERG's new technology for connecting and controlling wireless products in the home, BERG Cloud.
Little Printer's brain isn't on a chip in its body, but on the Web where it can reach out and touch other Web-enabled services, and where updates and improvements are provided without the user having to install anything.
Little Printer will be available in 2012. Check out the website , and sign up to the email list for pre-orders.
We love physical stuff. Connecting products to the Web lets them become smarter and friendlier—they can sit on a shelf and do a job well, for the whole family or office—without all the attendant complexities of computers, like updates or having to tell them what to do. Little Printer is more like a family member or a colleague than a tool. Plus paper is like a screen that never turns off. You can stick to the fridge or tuck it in your wallet. You can scribble on it or tear it and give it to a friend.
We think of BERG Cloud as the nervous system for connected products. It's built to run at scale, and could as easily operate the Web-enabled signage of a city block, as the playful home electronics of the future. Not to mention the smart product prototypes that we work with our clients on, in the other side of our design studio.
Both Little Printer and BERG Cloud are the distillation of everything we've learned working with some incredible clients here at BERG, and over the years on our own projects. How to make technology—difficult, cutting-edge technology—that you'd want to invite into your home, and products that bring delight. We're enormously pleased to share this with you.
It's the beginning of the journey, and I hope you'll be with us the whole way. We'll be sharing stories as Little Printer makes its way through manufacture and assembly, packaging and warehousing, new content development and new features, and all the way to beta product and beyond.
How to make technology—difficult, cutting-edge technology—that you'd want to invite into your home, and products that bring delight.