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An Interview with Tuvia Elbaum, Founder and President, Zuta Labs
April 16, 2014
An new gadget that has gotten a lot of attention recently is the Pocket Printer by Zuta Labs. Their Kickstarter Campaign is going strong, with almost all the money they need ($382,339 of asked for $400,000 as of 4/16), and they still have 23 days left in their campaign. The idea is simple, to create a truly portable printer that can print on any size page. We were able to reach out to the people responsible, Zuta Labs, and one of their founders, Tuvia Elbaum was kind enough to provide responses to our questions. The transcript of our email interview is below:
1) Can you provide a brief history and overview of Zuta Labs(how/when they were formed, etc.)? Who are the people involved in the company and what are their backgrounds?
I came up with the idea itself from my day-to-day life where I'm always working on the go from my smartphone, tablet and laptop, in random places and when I wanted to print something- a memo before or after a meeting, a term sheet, short contract or even an essay for school- I had to run and look for a printer or wait till I got home or to the office. When I went online to look for a portable printer, I only found printers that are either too big to really carry around or too small to print on a standard A4 page. I noticed, that all the printers had to have the paper feed through the device, so I thought, hey why not put the cartridge on a robot and let it run around by itself and that will allow the printer to be really small and yet print on any size paper.
We're a team of students (well, some of us are former students by now). The team is piloted by Matan Caspi and myself, who studied business and technology in the Jerusalem College of Technology. Yonni Stein is our designer (elite design academy Bezalel), leon Rosengarten and Gilad Schnurmacher (Hadassah College and JCT, accordingly) are the engineers with profound skills and experience in robotics and Jack Gottesman is leading our Social media and marketing efforts.
2) Is the Pocket Printer the first gadget of this type that you designed? Who is the intended audience for a product like this? What prompted you to bring something revolutionary like the Pocket Printer to market?
3) 3)What are the physical dimensions of the Pocket Printer? Does it really fit in one's pocket?
4) What limitations, if any, do you see for your Pocket Printer? Is color printing available, and how long is the ink supposed to last?
5)What can you tell us about the printing process, that is, how does it actually work?