The Impossible Project would prefer to call their printer a portable photography lab, but it’s really a fancy photo printer that mimics the vintage flair of instant Polaroid prints. The Impossible Project’s “lab” is actually a smartphone scanner – it takes photos of your smartphone’s screen and transfers the images to a film and paper that looks exactly like Polaroids. All you need is about 30 minutes, the scanner, the film, and the app.
The Impossible Project first introduced the idea via Kickstarter in September of 2012, not long after the group acquired the very last Polaroid factory:
In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2010 Impossible saved analog instant photography from extinction by releasing various, brand new and unique instant films.
Therewith Impossible prevents more than 300.000.000 perfectly functioning Polaroid cameras from becoming obsolete, changes the world of photography and keeps variety, tangibility and analogue creativity and possibilities alive.
The project’s initial Kickstarter funding priced each unit at $229, but now it’s priced at $299, not to mention the cost of film, which is nearly $24 for eight exposures.