Back in the day when smartphones, online photo sharing and digital photo frames first brought digital photography in the hands of the average consumer, no one ever thought that they’d be going to see the old fashioned Polaroid live long. but, nostalgia is a funny thing. The generations that grew up using Polaroid cameras began longing to hold on to a fragment of their past and Polaroid photos continued to be a part of our popular culture. If you too are a sucker for Polaroids but don’t want to carry around the bulky camera, the Impossible Instant Lab may be just the thing you need. The portable photo printer syncs seamlessly to your iPhone and allows the user to print images from the Apple smartphones. To preserve the romance of the original Polaroid camera, the printer ejects exposed photos that develop right in the user’s hand.
The Impossible Photo Lab is created by NYC-based group The Impossible Project which purchased the last Polaroid factory to preserve the legacy of instant developing film for posterity. To print a Polaroid photo, users need to upload images into the Instant Lap app, select an image and cradle the iPhone onto the device. Users then need to slide open the shutter located at the base of the device. When the exposure is finishes, a signal informs the users that the image is ready to be developed in the palm of their hands.
Once the user has finished printing photos, the Impossible Photo Lab can be collapsed into a portable accessory. Makers of the Impossible Instant Lab are currently raising funds for the production of the device via Kickstarter. If you want to secure one of these for yourself, you can pledge a certain amount to the campaign. Once the campaign has fulfilled its funding requirements, the Impossible Instant Lab will retail for $299.