Eco Printer Prints With Disappearing Ink, Making Paper Reusable

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Back in December we shared some ideas on how to best use the P&P Office Waste Paper Processor— you know, the one that turns paper into pencils? Now if that machine is a great idea for classrooms, perhaps this Magic Erase Board invention for printers can be the equivalent for high paper volume offices. What is it exactly? Read on.

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Invented by Sharsha Lee for Liteon Technology Corporation, the Eco Printer 'magically' erases documents , making the paper usable again. The printer uses ink with photographic materials that disappear from UV irradiation. So documents that are printed, but do not need to "last" can be printed and then something new can be reprinted on the same piece of paper.

Since paper can be recycled 5-10 times, this can up the ante even more. Without thinning or degrading the paper, the cycle is greatly increased before recycling. Now, we don't know how many times more you can print, but from what we read, there is no limit. Some may be concerned that well-lit offices may erase the printed document too soon, it looks like this shouldn't be a problem since the main component to erase the ink is inside of the machine, and you would need a whole lot of sunlight. This idea was one of the winning entries for the 2010 Red Dot Concept Design.

Now this idea initially came out in 2009 but that printer required special paper, while this machine claims to take any paper you have on hand.

So what do you think? Would you use this at home, at work, or in the classroom once it goes into production?

(Images: Red Dot)

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