Pocket Watch (http://www.pocketwatchllc.com) has announced availability of its US$149.95 ActivePrint Cloud Server Powered by Raspberry Pi.
With this small, standalone box almost any USB printer or available network printer will become compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. This is done by making each printer available through AirPrint, ActivePrint Cloud Print, and Google Cloud Print services simultaneously.
The ActivePrint Cloud Server is about the size of a couple of iPhones stacked together and runs on less electricity than most energy efficient lightbulbs, according to the folks at Pocket Watch.. Despite its small size it has a lot of capabilities. Plug it in to an internet connected router or a cable/DSL modem, and it is ready to go.
Printers can be connected to the ActivePrint Cloud Server either over the Local Area Network or directly to its two USB ports. Once a printer is connected to the Cloud Server that printer is made available to iPhones and iPads through either AirPrint or ActivePrint Cloud Printing Service or to Android and Google Chromebooks through Google Cloud Print service. It’s compatible with network and USB printers from many popular printer manufacturers including HP, Canon, Brother, Xerox, Epson, Lexmark, and many more.