A particular group of tinkering students from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam initiated a project from which Jaan Evart, Julian Hagen and Daniël Maarleveld have torn apart an old inkjet printer at their creative printing workshop. They replaced the printer's ink cartridges with different colored felt pens.

Through their successful printer tinkering project, the group was able to create a hacked printer that can produce a naive printing rhythm and style which actually imitates the old times when dot-matrix printing was the only technology available in printers.

It's not easy to bypass a printer's ink level sensor just to make it work further even with low level ink cartridges installed. But it wasn't a hindrance for this group to hack the inkjet printer in order to fool it that its cartridges are full enough. Aside from the fact that they made it successful hacking the printer's sensor, what's more surprising is that they even replaced the cartridges with colored felt pens instead.

Hagen explained, "The tricky part of this project was to kind of pretend to the printer that it had a full cartridge, and also that it didn’t try to completely destroy the paper with too much pressure of the felt pen, or with the way the paper is sucked in."

This newfound idea is undoubtedly one of the amazing alterations a geek could ever done to a printer equipment. Complex yet niftily done that's just some of the words an amused viewer would probably describe the printouts. Who would have thought that aside from using alternative printer consumables such as eco-friendly toner cartridges and ink cartridges with your printer. You can even take it to the next level by configuring or rather tweaking a few hardware components of the printer.


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