Fuji Xerox Printer Not Only Prints Your Documents, But Delivers them to Your Desk
Nikkei Technology reports that Fuji Xerox is testing a robot printer that not only prints your documents but delivers them to your desk.
Fuji Xerox recently demonstrated a prototype of the robot in Tokyo in cooperation with Tokyu Land Corporation in a lounge-like setting.
To send a job to the printer – whether in an office or lounge area – the user first launches a Web browser on their PC or tablet PC. Each desk in the office or lounge has a smart card on which a URL for printing is written. When the URL is accessed with a Web browser and a file is dragged and dropped into the browser window, an instruction to print the file is sent to the robot.
Once the printer robot receives a print job, it automatically begins to move toward the desk being used by the person who sent the print job, and then stops at the desk. The user then holds up their smart card to the robot’s smart-card reader. The printer – which can print on up to A4-size media – then begins printing. Once the print job is produced, the user presses a “start moving” button on top of the printer, which sends the printer back to a designated home position, such as in a corner of a lounge or office.
According to Nikkei Technology, the robot uses Lidar sensors, which use laser to measure the three-dimensional shapes of surrounding objects. While conventional radar devices use radio waves, the Lidar uses light (laser) instead so that more detailed information can be obtained in the range of several tens of meters. Nikkei Technology also notes:
“The robot can automatically make a three-dimensional map of the lounge. If it is manually moved around a room at the time of introduction, a map for autonomous operation is made in the robot. It is not necessary to set up ‘markers’ to be detected by sensors. When the robot detects an object that does not exist in the map, it sees the object as a human and selects a route so that it can avoid the person.”
There’s no word yet from Fuji Xerox on when and if the new Roomba-like robot printer will go into production.