Little Printer returns as an open-source messaging device

Berg's little printer, a lovely Internet-connected box that printed small snippets of news, Instagram photos and to-do lists, stopped working when the studio and its servers closed in 2014. Now the consultant Nord Projects design has brought it back to life with a completely new application, and added the ability to send messages between devices, as reported by Core77 .

A group of Little Printer enthusiasts on GitHub collaborated to get the device back online through an open source server called Sirius. Then, Nord Projects designed an iOS application for Little Printers that recreated old favorite features such as poster fonts and dithergrams, while adding some more modern touches. The application allows you to print photos and notes through the iOS Share sheet, and has its own API so you can connect it to the IFTTT services and have it print whatever is in your RSS feed.


little printer returns as an open source messaging device

Image: Nord Projects

In-app messaging is easy. It simply creates a username and a device key, which is a unique URL that gives access to printers for messages to be sent, such as a phone number. You can create as many keys as you wish and revoke access at any time if you find your way to someone for whom you were not intended. Device keys can be printed as QR codes so that visitors can easily add their printer.

It's like sending a physical text to someone. (Yes, I realize that this is basically a letter without the danger of the USPS losing its valuable mail.) Speaking as someone who is still not sure if some friends received their Christmas cards, I do not trust the system.) With this, you can send your friends a comic, a tweet or a good message that will not be buried under all your other notifications because it is actually real.


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All this makes me want to find a used Little Printer, but unfortunately, nothing appeared when I tried to find one on eBay. If you have kept yours all this time, you can use this guide to get your printer on the new server to work again.

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