Inkless printing arrives

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Inkless printing arrives

Zink Imaging has unveiled a new way for consumers to print and experience full colour digital images without the need for ink cartridges or ribbons, using Zink Technology, reports Reuters.

The key to the Zink process is the Zink Paper, which is protected by more than 100 patents and patents pending. Dye crystals are embedded into the Zink Paper and are activated by heat from a Zink-enabled printer. The crystals then colourise, producing high quality, long-lasting, durable, and affordable images.

Zink Technology will create an entirely new "Zink" category of printers that are small, simple, mobile, and eco-friendly. It is a catalyst for product designers to create a new generation of printing products that make printing an anytime, anywhere experience.

Kodak, Matsushita, JVC partner

Kodak has entered into technology licence agreements with Matsushita Electric Industrial Company (MEI) and with Victor Company of Japan (JVC) that will allow each company access to the other's patent portfolio, says FOX News.

The licence agreements, which provide significant benefits to all companies, is royalty-bearing to Kodak. Additional financial terms were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that advances the interests of Kodak and of MEI and JVC," said Laura Quatela, chief intellectual property officer and VP of Eastman Kodak Company.

Xerox, Fujifilm demo collaboration

Fujifilm and Xerox will further demonstrate how their alliance provides customers with integrated software and printing solutions to create personalised photo specialty merchandise at PMA 2008, states Centre Daily Times.

With a joint booth presence at PMA, Fujifilm and Xerox will showcase their product offerings, featuring Fujifilm's software and photofinishing workflow integration services, and Xerox branded printers.

Xerox and Fujifilm have collaborated to offer photo retailers and professional photo labs a comprehensive set of printing solutions that, using Fujifilm software and Xerox printing technology, make it easy for consumers to make an array of specialty photo products from books, calendars and trading cards, to school yearbooks and customised magnets.

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