It was great to see so many people enjoying the exhibits at the launch of 64 Bits: Bytesize this week. Including the ‘Star Micronics LC-10’ Dot Matrix printer from 1984 by engineer and inventor Fritz Karl Preikschat.
Dot Matrix printers produce images made of a regular array of closely printed dots, formed by pins striking a ribbon of ink. The number of pins on the print head (usually 8-24) determines the quality of the image. 👾
Fritz Karl Preikschat filed his patent or the dot matrix printer in 1957 but they were popularised by the Epson TX-80, an 8-pin dot-matrix printer launched in 1978. They remained the most common form of printer until the mid 1990’s, when Hewlett-Packard's patent on steam-propelled ink jet heads expired. The appeal of colour meant the dot matrix printer and its distinctive sound have become a thing of the past.
At 64 Bits: Bytesize, you can have your live portrait taken via the ASCII Cam on display and then printed by the Dot Matrix printer. All open by appointment until 1st December at Publicis UK.
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