Berg’s Lilla Skrivare, a delightful internet-connected box that printed out small newsletters, Instagram images and to-do lists, stopped working when the studio and its servers closed down in 2014. Now the design agency Nord Projects has taken it to life with a whole new app, and it has added the ability to send messages between devices, as reported by Core77 .
A group of small printer enthusiasts at GitHub collaborated to get the device back online via an open source server called Sirius. Nord Projects then designed a Little Printers iOS app that created old favorite features such as poster fonts and dithergrams, while adding some more modern details. The app allows you to print photos and notes via the IOS part archive and it has its own API so you can connect it to IFTTT services and have it print anything on your RSS feed.
Setting up messages on the app is simple. You just create a username and drive key, which is a unique URL that gives access to printers to notify each other, like a phone number. You can make as many keys as you like and revoke access at any time if it finds its way to someone for whom it was not intended. The device keys can be printed as QR codes so that visitors can easily add your printer.
It’s like sending someone a physical text. (Yes, I realize that this is basically a letter without the risk of USPS losing your precious letter. Speaking as someone who is still uncertain whether some friends have received their Christmas postcards, I do not trust the system.) With that Here you can send friends a comic, a tweet or a nice message that will not be buried during all your other messages because it is actually true!
All this makes me want to find a used small printer, but unfortunately nothing turned up when I tried to search for one on eBay. If you have been on the go all the time you can use this guide to get the printer on the new server to get it started again.