Fuji Xerox robot printer brings documents to the desk
Robot printer moves toward the person who ordered the printout as soon as it receives a job
Fuji Xerox has developed a robotic printer that can move around to bring documents to the person who printed them.
According to the BBC, the printer, which features sensors to prevent it from bumping into people, is designed to be used primarily in public places as a way to keep private documents secure.
It has been argued that the idea is not cost effective when compared with other secure printing methods.
IDC analyst Maggie Tan described the use of the printer in an airport business lounge and said that there are better methods already available: "The majority of these business lounges would have higher printing demand, especially from business travellers who always need to print urgently using a secured method.
"There are several mobile printing solutions available today that users can submit the print job online through their mobile devices or laptops and they are given a secured password to collect their printouts."
Fuji Xerox, a joint venture between the two firms, has been testing the printer at a business lounge in Tokyo. Each desk in the lounge was given a unique web address from which to print, once the printer received the job, it moved to the intended recipient who then displayed a smart card to activate printing.
The battery in the printer lasts for up to a day.