HOT RELEASE! Printer erases and reprints on a SINGLE sheet 500 times!!!

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    Toshiba printer erases and reprints on a single sheet

    Paper can be reused up to 500 times!

    Toshiba has unveiled a printer that can print, erase and reprint on a single sheet of special paper up to 500 times.

    The B-SX8R uses specially engineered paper similar to the thermal paper used in early fax machines, except it can be erased and is much more durable. The sheets are made of plastic and can be recycled at the end of their lives.

    Click here to see a demo of the printer in action.

    Toshiba's process uses a special pigment in the paper that reacts to heat. If heated above 180 degrees centigrade the pigment turns black, creating an image on the sheet.

    However, if the surface is heated to between 130 and 170 degrees the pigment reverts to white, allowing the image to be 'erased'.

    Special marker pens are also available, which can be erased from the paper using an optional cleaning machine.

    Toshiba is touting reduced CO2 emissions created during the paper production process.

    Traditional paper manufacture and waste creates 6.5kg of CO2 emissions per 1,000 sheets, compared to 1kg for the same quantity of rewritable paper pages.

    The printer costs approximately £5,000 and the paper is estimated to cost £5 per sheet, working out at 1p per use if reused 500 times.

    Since the pigment is in the paper, the printer has no consumable costs beyond the cost of the paper.

    "The B-SX8R will help reduce paper use thus preserving forest resources and reducing CO2 emissions during paper manufacturing and waste processes," said Mike Keane, european product manager at ToshibaTEC.

    "The B-SX8R does a small thing in saving paper resources, but assists in the big practical objective of global environmental conservation."

    The printer is currently available only in Japan, but Toshiba is looking to launch in Europe if there is sufficient demand.

    Wake-up Indian manufactures..wake-up...!

    Click here for Demo:
    Toshiba B-SX8R Rewriteable Printer Demo

    Courtesy: vnunet.com
     
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    Great news friend. Surely it will save paper coz large amount of paper is wasted in printing a test page/trial page. Thx for the info.
     
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    yep a lotta paper would be saved but still the special paper would cost a lot and home level users wont be using this printer in da near future
     
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    amazing work by toshiba....
     
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    sysfilez Welcome To The Jungle

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    nice peice of info.
     
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    yeah, good work by toshiba
     
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    Nice innovation from Toshiba
     
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    amazing but I m sure this will cost a bomb.
     
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    Wow..........It truly amazing!
    Wht wll b the estimated cost of the printer and the special thermal printer?
     
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    its amazing ........
     
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    I hope tht erasable plastic cost doesnt exceed 4-5$...otherwise it will not be suitable for home users as normal A4 paper costs only 33p :D
     
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    Rather than cost, I would say, using such technology is saving natural resources. Think, if everyone adopts this, then much of natural resources used for Paper manufacturing is saved! Deforestation is automatically retarded which reduces Global warming. I think this technology should spread all over the world rapidly.
     
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