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Eensy PrintBrush printer almost here--for real

It's been a long time coming, but it looks like we might finally see that world's smallest printer we heard about in 2003.

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It's been a long time coming, but British company PrintDreams reckons it's ready to unveil what it calls the world's smallest printer: the PrintBrush.

The PrintBrush will print to A4 size, in black and white, at up to 600dpi resolution. As you can see from the video, you sweep it across the paper by hand, which means you can print on notebooks, greetings cards, boxes, sleeping midgets, and other things that won't quite fit into a traditional printer no matter how much you maneuver them. It's also supposed to be silent, so you can use it to print in meetings, recording sessions, and funerals. And all this in a package weighing just about 8.8 ounces.

That's even smaller than the Polaroid Two, but we'll let that go seeing as the Polaroid is a camera as well. The PrintBrush connects directly to computers and other devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or infrared.

It's expected to cost around $200. The concept first appeared in 2003, which is about a million years in tech years (we weren't even born in 2003), and comes close to qualifying for our list of vaporware. But now PrintDreams reckons we'll see the PrintBrush by the end of 2009, for realsies this time.

Or maybe early 2010. No rush.

(Source: Crave UK)