Just kidding. This has nothing to do with appealing to oversized Americans. The intent is to ensure secure prints for business travelers and others who might want to keep their printouts from prying eyes, but don't have their own dedicated printer at the airport or hotel.
Fuji Xerox - a joint venture between the two firms - has been testing the printer this month at a business lounge in Tokyo.I'm not sure I can see this taking off. I'm sure some travelers need to print more often than I have (very rarely), and the hotels I've been staying in tended to have a dedicated office area for travelers to use for a few minutes. Need to check in and print out a boarding pass for your next flight? I've seen some single-purpose terminals you can use to do that without touching the dedicated office area.
Each desk in the lounge is given a unique web address from which to print. Users access the address and upload documents to be printed.
Once the printer receives the job, it moves to the intended recipient who then has to display a smart card to activate printing.
The Roomba-like robot not only hand-delivers documents, it also features sensors that allow it to maneuver through the objects in a room and a tracker to find the person who requested the print. For example, in the trial, the robot was programmed with a map of an office layout and the directions to each employee. When John requests a print, Xerox will use its laser-powered navigation system to get to John, while successfully avoiding all obstacles in its path.
Maybe it's technology for its own sake, but it is kinda neat. What do you think?