Lots of things that I print out—UPS shipping labels, diagrams from PDF manuals, shopping lists with part numbers, archived crossword puzzles—don't require using an entire 8.5x11 sheet of paper. But that's the only size my printer takes, so I generate a fair bit of waste.
Industrial designer Jisan Chung, while pursuing his M.A. in Product Design at ECAL, conceived of this Roller Jet printer as his diploma project:
"In many places, printed paper has been replaced by screens, changing the role of home printers. Yet, at the same time, we enjoy tangible interactions - such as taking notes on printouts and simply carrying them around for reference."
"Roller Jet proposes new use-cases for home printers in this digitalised world. Using a roll of paper instead of sheets, it can print out any length you want - from small sizes for tickets, check-lists, daily schedules, grid lines or gift wraps to A4 size or larger for documents. After printing, the paper can be easily torn off with a single hand."
Great concept, and takes up way less space on a desk. I'd buy one in a heartbeat. (I'd just have to find some way to deal with papers constantly trying to curl themselves up.)