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Photo Cube offers compact printing for smartphones

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The Photo Cube is compact and compatible with iOS and Android smartphones.

The Macworld/iWorld tech conference in San Francisco is well under way and we are happy to be here to report on the coolest gadgets of the show.

The first thing to catch our eye on the expo show floor this week is the Photo Cube printer from Vu Point Solutions. The Photo Cube is compact — about 7x4" — and prints 4x6", 300 dpi photos straight from a smartphone.

Images are sent through the Photo Cube app for iOS and Android, which can print multiple photos on one sheet. The photos take a little less than a minute to print because the sheets run in and out of the printer as the ink is applied in four layers.

The printer is available from retailers like Staples for $99 and its paper/ink cartridges can be purchases for $20 for 36 prints.

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Feb 4, 2013)

@ AdventureBob
I took your question literal assuming you are interested in an answer. Here is my educated guess: It is possible that VuPoint has not been given access to the development kit of the new iPhone 5 Lightning connector. So they do the next best thing and use the older generation and ask the customer to buy the Adapter. This is more expensive and elegant as Klutz, but better than nothing.

My educated guess is based on our experience making Apple Notebook Accessories. 2 Years ago they replaced ExpressCard with Thunderbolt. Since then the access to the new connector is refused to us and we are forced doing the exact same thing like VuPoint: Ship an new innovative product with an old connector.

What I am puzzling about is that Apple always reasoned that although Apple products are more expensive, their total cost of ownership is lower. So why do they create a disadvantage for Apple by increasing total cost of ownership by making accessories unnecessary expensive ? Anyone ?

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AdventureRob
By AdventureRob (Feb 4, 2013)

Anyone else find it a bit weird it's got a old Apple connector on the top and yet they advertise it working with the iPhone 5 (released almost 6 months ago) having to be plugged into the side because of the new connector?

Makes it look out of date already. At least the price is good.

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