Get your print programming on: Little Printer, Geek Gurl Diaries, Raspberry Pi, Codecademy and MakieLab

1. With a mission to humanise printing in a till receipt kinda way, Little Printer is ready for its next shipment in April. My friend Eduardo would argue that it’s just adding to all the noise and creates a mess, but we’re in the mood for love, so we’ll let it slide.

Over a hearty but healthy luncheon at look mum no hands, Stanley (loves his bike), El (loves running in little shorts) and I (love soup) wondered what would happen if the Little Printer sneezed.

We love the idea of the Little Printer sneezing at random times (without it being triggered by the user) and producing random content – games, twitter post, happy news, images, all interspersed with a random lovely happy sneeze virus.

Happy sneezing? Isn’t sneezing normally associated with catching a cold? True that, but the feeling just before you sneeze – that build up – the way it makes your face screw up – a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

2. Then there’s this lady – secondary school ICT teacher Miss Philbin who writes the Geek Gurl Diaries. Wanting to unite teenagers (girls especially) with technology, she posts amazing how-to videos like this Make your own till receipt stylee thermal printer using RaspberryPi.

Raspberry Pi “want to see cheap, programmable computers everywhere” and “want owning a truly personal computer to be normal for children”.

3. And even more teaching goodies for the world! Codecademy – choose from JS, html, python & ruby and be lovingly hugged by coders who want to reach the world to code!

4. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, but still want to play, then custom design and print yourself a 3D Makie doll. They’re kinda a cross between anime and screen avatars – kind freaky but also freaky cool brought to you by MakieLab.

5. I’m sure that one day, these 3D dolls will be able to spawn 3D off spring, but whilst that happens, we can continue to watch the self-replicating wars of 3D printers – RepRap vs MakerBot.

Update: 4D printing? From TED: “TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.”