// OKSU, a printer that let you physically share anything
This cute mini printer concept can print off any photo, recipe, or how-to article you wish from the Internet, but the Oksu printer promises to offer much more than just printing services. When you print anything out on the Oksu printer, simply placing it on top of the printer again will re-open the particular webpage on your laptop, phone, or tablet.
So if you, for example, print out a photo of your favorite album and embed a link to the music in the image, when you place the printed version near your Oksu, your NFC-enabled device will start to play it. Such a thing is made possible because the paper Oksu prints on has an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip embedded in it, so any device that can read from the chip can open whatever link is embeded instantly.
As you’d expect, the Oksu wouldn’t work with normal sheets of paper. Instead, you would have to invest in packs of Zink (zero ink) paper, which have built in color pigments. They would also have to be a new range of Zink sheets that include the necessary NFC chip.
Most websites have their own phones apps now and many posters use QR codes to open up webpages, but this printer requires no scanning, it’s instant. It also helps that there are growing number of applications for these NFC cards, such as giving away music samples at gigs, adverts in magazines linking to the iPad version, or even a new type of business card that links to your website.
Sadly this printer is only a concept at the moment, but as long as the printer and the Zink paper isn’t too expensive, this little gadget could become a reality.
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