EASTMAN KODAK CO. continues to work with minilab pioneer NORITSU KOKI CO., LTD. to develop state-of-the-art photographic processing equipment utilizing its SM chemical process. The Kodak technology eliminates manual mixing of film and paper process chemicals. Instead, concentrated SM chemicals are packaged in containers with patented nozzles that plug directly into equipment tanks and release the proper amount of chemicals needed at any given time. The SM process also has the advantages of delivering the first print faster and cutting effluent volumes, disposal costs and energy expenses. The latest results of the Kodak-Noritsu collaboration are the minilab maker's QSS-2511SM, an improved version of today's QSS-2301SM universal system, and the QSS-2611SM, a replacement for the compact QSS-2211SM. Both products will ship in early November.
Sharp, clear photographs can be printed in just 15 seconds from a PC using POLAROID CORP.'s new ColorShot digital photo printer. Lightweight and portable, ColorShot attaches directly to the USB port on any Windows 95 or Windows 98 PC. Polaroid's subsidiary has priced the unit at $265. A 10- print film pack costs $12.75.
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