Development of the wireless laser printer began in 1969. At that time copiers did just that, made copies. But what if a computer, using a laser beam, could print the original? By adapting a copier, a researcher showed that a laser beam could be part of the printing process.
At that time, lasers were expensive. Anticipating that the future would bring the price down, the researcher was determined to follow up on his idea. With his company’s management not in favor of his plan, he did his work in secret, with co-workers spiriting him the parts he needed. Within two weeks, he had the hardware ready to go. It took another 3 months for the development of the computer software and interface. And in 1969 he was ready for his first demonstration which worked as planned, printing an original direct from a computer.
In 1970, his company built a major research center and further development of a laser printer was a perfect fit. Now working with his company’s blessing, the researcher had his first really working model completed in 1971. The first commercial laser printer was ready for manufacture.
As other companies joined into what looked like the future of printing, new models began to hit the marketplace. In 1979, a major computer manufacturer introduced a laser printer that could print 20,000 lines per minute. The first laser printer for the home market was introduced in 1980. Between 1984 and 1996, it seemed like a new laser printer hit the market every year. The first one costing less than $1,000 was on the market in 1990.
In 1985, a ruling by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission led to the development of wireless technology. This ruling freed up three bands of the radio spectrum that anyone could use without a license. Technology companies began to work on wireless devices. But with no common standard, devices made by different manufacturers could not communicate. This led, in 1997, to a standard that received approval from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Working with standards set by the IEEE, wireless technology has continued to improve. The first standard could handle at most a transmission rate of 2 megabits per second. Today, some wireless bandwidths can, theoretically, send data as fast as 1,000 mbps.
It is not surprising that with increased speed the use of wireless technology found its way to computers, phones, and printers. It was only a matter of time until the lower cost of wireless laser printers pushed them into the home and small business markets. Visit West X Business Solutions if you want to find more resources and information.