In a world where 380 million photos are uploaded on Facebook every day and over four billion photos have been uploaded to the popular app Instagram as of July 2012, it’s pretty clear that we as a society feel the need to document our lives through photographs, no matter how mundane they may be. But what happens after we snap the photographs to flaunt to our friends and followers? Probably a whole lot of nothing. The Impossible Project, the guys who are so obsessed with instant photography that they decided to buy the last Polaroid factory in order to save instant film, have developed an instant camera that hooks up to your iPhone that will make whatever photo you’ve taken on your phone a Polaroid instantly. Crazy, we know, but wouldn’t it be nice to have your home actually decorated with some recent photos for a change?
The camera is still in development, but its Kickstarter campaign has made double its goal and is being publicized all over the web. We love the integration of new and old. As we’ve said before, if you believe that cell phone photography is a gimmicky cop out for actual camerawork, you’re taking yourself too seriously. And yes, there are many other devices that will print your photos from your camera, but this is one of the only ones we’ve heard of that melts the iPhone pixels into a true analog photograph.
“The Impossible Instant Lab is designed to transform any digital image via your iPhone into an instant photo that is exposed using only the light from the display, then processed and developed by chemicals. A photo that exists physically — IRL. A photo that is a one-of-a-kind original that can be shared, exhibited and preserved. A photo that no longer needs an electronic device to be seen.” — The Impossible Project’s Kickstarter.
While the device is still in its infancy, the Impossible Project is telling buyers to expect the mass production and delivery of the devices to start mid-February 2013.
For more information on the product, check out their Kickstarter and follow them on Twitter @ImpossibleUSA.