When The Impossible Project bought Polaroid's instant film factory and and brought it back to life, they preserved a part of the photo past for all of us. Now, that the photo past is safe and sound, they've forged right ahead into the photo future with the Impossible Instant Photo Lab.
It turns phone pics into Polaroids - from a digital image on your screen to a real, physical photograph.
Pull up any photo you've taken on your phone or tablet. Pop it onto the Instant Lab, and print that pic right onto Impossible Project film (it's just like an old timey Polaroid).
The results are Polaroidian, but the Instant Lab gives you advantages that shooting straight through a Polaroid camera won't. You can edit your photo to your liking. Print only the photos you really want. Even make multiple copies of the same shot.
Since you're shooting with your phone, if cousin Carl blinks (again!) you get a do-over without wasting a print.
The photo future is now! So, make the Impossible Instant Photo Lab part of your photo present. Or, a photo present. They make great gifts.
What's Impossible Project Film? Where can I even buy this stuff?
The Impossible Project is a great group of folks who bought the old Polaroid factory when Polaroid stopped making instant film in 2008. They've been perfecting their film for use in Polaroid cameras (and now, the Instant Lab!) ever since.
You can buy Impossible Project Film right here in the Photojojo Store.
How is this different than other printers?
The main difference is that it's more of a camera than a printer. It's not just translating your digital image into squirts of ink on paper. The Instant Lab, with its high-quality coated glass lens takes a photo of your image. It exposes the traditional photographic chemistry inside the Impossible film to create a truly analog print.
What about my specific Android device?!
Android devices with high-resolution displays operating on Ice Cream Sandwich (that's version 4.0.3) and up will also work successfully with this guy. Hint: It's a definite yes for, Galaxy S3 and up, Galaxy Note 2 and up Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, HTC One M7, HTC One M8, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Sony Xperia Z3
Help. Help. I have this Lab (lucky me!) and when I press the checkmark to print, I'm just taken to the instructions. What's up with that?
It's a little confusing because your photo disappears and the instructions pop up, but just put your phone on the Impossible Lab and it'll bring your photo back when it prompts you to open the darkslide. Everything is a-okay.