Re: New printer technology for real?

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Nov 29 2007 - 22:12:40 CST

> On Nov 29, 2007 12:34 AM, Alan Dechert <> wrote:
>> These pages show some amazing inkjet printing technology --
>> revolutionary, cheap, fast. This could make the Electronic Ballot
>> Printer EBP idea more attractive.
>> Any idea if this is for real?
> Yes. It's for real, with products expected in the market in 2009.
I thought it was supposed to be 2008.

> Tests of print quality and drying time will be needed for
> many applications, but for us neither is a significant issue.
I think speed, reliability, print quality, and cost are all important
issues. If this technology is as good as advertised, it would help.

Of course, there are a number of issues that could mean that it won't pan
out. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

I just went back to our good ol' web demo (thanks, Jan) at

>From the time I clicked on the print button (I mean after selecting the
printer and all that), it took 40 seconds for the ballot to finish on my hp
business inkjet 2200. I think this is unacceptably slow. Remember, this is
for the one page summary.

OVS has proposed to print a whole ballot with all the selections shown just
like the ballot someone would see marking an optical scan ballot. Arthur
Keller also suggested this may be preferable. In this case, the ballot
could run several pages. "Trials are needed," but I don't think people will
wait around for this.

Granted, my inkjet printer is old (maybe 5 yrs old), but it was fast for
inkjets at the time. I think Karl convinced us some years ago that laser
printers would not work for this application.

We are going to need a good, fast, cheap inkjet printer.

Alan D.

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