If You Thought an Ink Printer Could Never Amaze You Again, You're Wrong

It's hard to get excited about a printer these days, and while Canon's new Océ ColorWave 900 is priced and targeted at high-end print shops, it's still absolutely remarkable to see the thing in action. Capable of printing more than 12,000-square-feet per hour, the 900 can create 3.4 billion drops of ink every second. To put that in perspective, the printer is capable of creating a printout as tall as the Freedom Tower in New York in about half an hour.

The Océ ColorWave 900's capacity maxes out at 42 inches wide but it can continuously print on rolls of paper up to 650 feet long at resolutions of up to 1,600 x 1,600 DPI, and it automatically cuts the sheets when smaller runs are churned out. It would be awesome for home use, but you'd need a small warehouse in your backyard (and a small fortune) just to keep enough replacement ink cartridges on hand. [Canon via Fareastgizmos]