New printer technology for real?

From: David Mertz <david_dot_mertz_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Nov 29 2007 - 20:22:00 CST

>> These pages show some amazing inkjet printing technology --
>> revolutionary, cheap, fast. This could make the Electronic Ballot
>> Printer EBP idea more attractive.
>> http://www.gizmag.com/go/7031/
>> http://www.memjet.com

Greg Christopher
> My general feeling is given the CGI industry, the technology to
> fake this demo is more advanced then the tech to produce it :) But
> stay tuned.

I don't know if the technology is real (certainly it would not be
hard to fake a video), but I *do* remember first seeing something
very similar to this video over a year ago. I don't remember whether
it was the same company; but neither have I seen these machines for
actual sale yet.

My hunch is that platen-wide inkjet print heads are a cool idea, and
that probably one or more parties have produced experimental
prototypes of printers using that. But given the apparently slow
time-to-market, there is also likely to outstanding issues in its
commercial realization.

Still, whether or not printing a ballot takes 0.5s or 10s, I don't
think that's particularly fundamental to the OVC design, nor to wider
issues of ballot printers.

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backs of midgets.

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