It happens to all of us: you wake up in the morning and awkwardly clutch your cellphone, swiping through tweets, emails, weather, and news. You know it's a good day when you manage not to drop the phone on your face while doing it. BERG's new Little Printer plans to change that with a receipt-sized collection of personalized material that's no longer than 10 inches in length, twice daily. With backup from a service called BERG Cloud, material like top headlines, weather reports, Sudoku puzzles, to-do lists, bite-sized info on a range of topics, upcoming birthdays, word of the day, Nike+ workout reminders, and recent Foursquare check-ins are provided in paper form. Launch partners include Foursquare, The Guardian, Google, Nike+, and Arup. You choose the sources you want from an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone, and the data is beamed wirelessly to the thermal printer (no ink refills!) from the included Berg Cloud Bridge, which plugs into your router.
At first glance paper doesn't seem like the best way to consume digital content, but BERG's CEO, Matt Webb, sees it as the perfect medium. He says that "paper is like a screen that never turns off. You can stick [it] to the fridge or tuck it in your wallet. You can scribble on it or tear it and give it to a friend." We haven't used the product yet, but we're inclined to agree — it'd be great to use a pen and paper to fill out the morning crossword instead of pecking at a screen. If a cute collection of updates isn't your cup of tea, you're not to worry — Webb says that the Berg Cloud technology that serves personalized content to the device will be expandable to form factors all the way up to video billboards. Little Printer will be available next year as a beta product, but in the meantime, check out the video below and the source link for more info.