The Impossible Lab – Instant Prints From iPhone Photos

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The Impossible Lab – Instant Prints From iPhone PhotosDo you love Polaroid / instant prints but, like most of the world, you actually take most of your pictures with your camera phone? Well, if you’ve got an iPhone, then the Impossible Project has a solution. They just announced a new Kickstarter project to fund something they’re calling, “The Impossible Lab;” a device for making instant prints from iPhone photos. Polaroid stopped making instant film in 2007 but that didn’t stop artists, hipsters and Polaroid fans from wanting the instant gratification you get watching a Polaroid print come out of the camera and develop right in front of your eyes. So in 2010, against all odds, the Impossible Project began producing replacement film for Polaroid instant cameras (The Impossible Project article). Their new project, The Impossible Lab, will allow iPhone users to make instant prints on Impossible Project instant film.

To see it in action, watch the Impossible Lab demo video below:

The Impossible Lab is just the first product planned around what The Impossible Project is calling the, “Film Processing Unit” (FPU). They plan to show a working prototype of The Impossible Lab at the Photokina tradeshow in Germany, next week (September 18-23, 2012). Not an iPhone user? They’re also looking into designing an Android version, although that’s a little trickier since there are so many different Android phone form factors. That being the case, what they should probably do is make an adjustable phone cradle or sell different cradles for people who own different kinds of phones. That would also address future phone form factors, like the iPhone 5.

For those who don’t know about Kickstarter, it’s a “crowd funding” Web site where entrepreneurs can ask the public for capital to help them complete a project. The Impossible Lab Kickstarter project has set a goal of US $250,000 and as I write this article they have approximately 750 backers who’ve committed about $150,000. The funding deadline for The Impossible Lab is October 8, 2012 and the estimated delivery date is February, 2013. The retail price for the Impossible Lab is projected to be US $299.

The Impossible Lab Kickstarter Page >>

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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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