I stumbled upon an item at Lifehacker about turning a printer into a shredder

This reminded me of an old idea I had, The Shrinter.

The Shrinter

Basically, The Shrinter is a printer that, upon completing the printing of a page, immediately shreds it so that no one can read it. It’s the only way to print sensitive documents! (The Inventgeek.com guys mention this idea as well: “You might build it to print the pages, and directly feed them back into the shredder“)

Who would need such a device? Well, I figured every government agency and corporation could use one. And Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft. Didn’t they propose some sort of DRM thingy where you would be prevented from printing a document? Well, here ya go! Let that loser in HR print that sensitive document, but shred it after you do. That’ll show him you mean business!

(I’m also working on a new CD drive that allows you to burn copyrighted material onto a CD or DVD and then immediately burns it – I mean literally burns it – so that the disc is unusable… VC‘s please contact me.)

One Response to “The Shrinter”

  1. Ok, so no one wanted to tell me this product has already been realized? (Available April 1st of course…)

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