With regards to computer accessories, a printer is a peripheral piece of equipment designed to take information that is represented digitally on a computer screen and transfer it to paper, either in text or images.
The first computer printer was invented in the 19th century by a man named Charles Babbage. It was designed to function alongside another of his inventions, the difference engine, which is a mechanical computer prototype used for mathematical calculations. While both the difference engine and the printer that worked alongside it were big steps forward in the world of computer technology, they lacked the versatility of modern computer equipment, and quickly became obsolete.
Today, there are two common systems used by printers: laser printing, which works extremely efficiently for common black and white documents, and inkjet, which is capable of outputting high quality color documents, allowing you to print crystal clear photos, as well as mixed pages of photo and text, directly off of your home computer.
The field of computer printing is an especially exciting one when you look at its future. Not only will printers become faster, cheaper, and more consistent, but innovations in the field will eventually allow home 3D printing. With such a piece of equipment hooked up to your computer, you could download blueprints for virtually anything from the internet, including tools, decorative pieces, and much more, and the 3D printer would be able to compile it out of a plastic-like polymer material.
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