Polaroid may have given up on the instant film business several years ago but not everyone has. There’s a new project on Kickstarter which seeks to fund the manufacturing of a new iPhone accessory. If and when it ships, the Impossible Instant Lab will let you print Polaroid-type instant photos from your iPhone.
In this day and age the instant photo is a tad redundant. You can now send photos from your iPhone to any of a half dozen photo printers, both local ones as well as several online services which will mail you the photos. But the Impossible Instant Lab is different because it uses an analog process to transfer what’s currently on your iPhone’s screen to the film which will be developed.
That is truly old school, and the craziness of even trying to bring this to market deserves no small degree of respect.
Here’s how the project is described it on Kickstarter:
We are Impossible and we love instant photography. We love it so much, we were crazy enough to buy the last Polaroid factory in order to save instant film for the future. If you’ve ever held an SX 70 in your hand, you probably understand. It’s such a beautiful piece of design and the photos it makes are so different from any other camera – unique and magical. But even we instant film aficionados take a lot of pictures with our iPhones, so we wanted to find a way to turn those digital iPhone images into true instant photos.
Okay, I have no interest or need for such a device, but on a technical level it is fascinating. An impressive amount of work went into designing the gadget, and it’s probably worth your time to read about it on Kickstarter.