Impossible Instant Lab makes a Polaroid out of your iPhone

Impossible Instant Lab makes a Polaroid out of your iPhone
Here is a Kickstarter project that is crazy and cool at the same time. It is made for those who simply love the charm of analog cameras, yet are too accustomed to the convenience provided by digital photography. Suitably called the Impossible Instant Lab, the purpose of the contraption that you see is to create Polaroid photos out of the images that users take with their iPhone.

But how does the magic happen? Well, it isn't exactly rocket science. Using the dedicated Impossible app, the user selects the photo they want to develop and place the iPhone face down on top of the device. Then the shutter has to be open so that the image from the smartphone's screen can be projected onto the Polaroid film. And voila! An old-school photo instantly comes out and, as if by magic, develops before your eyes. 

The Impossible Instant Lab has collected over 80% of the funding required, so chances are it will soon become available for purchase. It won't come cheap, though, as it will be priced at $300, or $2000 for those who want the gold-plated limited edition. Still, early birds can grab one via Kickstarter for "only" $189, so follow the source link below in case you are interested.

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1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder how many consumers want to deal with the hassle of producing a 'Polaroid' from their iPhones? Perhaps they are all Kickstarter investors in the project, looking to snag the device for $189.... Sounds like a step backwards to me.

2. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Interestingly enough, my friend designed almost the same thing in a privately funded project. I told them to put it on Kickstarter more than six months ago, but they didn't want to - it was a top-secret project. Now, the project has encountered some issues and it's obviously late to the party.

3. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

So tell him to sue these "impossible instant lab" as you are an apple fan

5. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

grow up

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And it is possible that IIL is going to hit the same wall as well. I just have a hard time seeing how this concept has viability beyond the initial novelty. The compelling value proposition for Polaroid was being able to get immediate prints as opposed to having to send the traditional film off for processing. Polaroid followed Kodak into obscurity once the digital camera was released. What has changed to make IIL's concept a success?

6. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The things have changed for 180 degrees. Now Polaroid is actually the ONLY credible idea for success in physical world. It should thank that to Instagram, of course, because Instagram was the result of paradigm-shifting technology of mimetic capability of highly-developed software technology to imitate and aesthetisize that which was "old" and nostalgic. This phenomenon is called "retronostalgia", or, in this particular case, "technonostalgia". It's very hard to explain this phenomenon to ordinary people, but the point is that actually only Polaroid has sense in non-digital manner.

7. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Now you can sit on the crapper (2:50) and develop crappy poloroid-esque pictires!

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