impossible instant lab turns iPhone images into polaroid prints impossible instant lab turns iPhone images into polaroid prints
sep 11, 2012

impossible instant lab turns iPhone images into polaroid prints

impossible instant lab polaroid prints from the iPhone

as a part of a kickstarter campaign, new york-based impossible has developed a device capable of turning digital iPhone photography into analog imagery using ‘impossible film’. their newest creation, ‘the instant lab’ features a cradle to hold the smart-phone with a highly specialized lens designed to focus the image from the screen onto film. a high precision film processing unit (FPU) processes and develops specific instant film when the phone is placed within its designated base alongside specially calibrated app. users can seletct and crop images accordingly from their image libraries, where they become developed in a polaroid-styled manner.

film captured from an iphone


  • =) yes!

    ^^ says:
  • COOL says:
  • One word. Instagram. Or buy a Polaroid camera. I really think there are much more important design opportunities out there in the world.

    BillyBuck says:
  • @billybuck

    its made for those who dont like sharing everything on social media,
    or those who would rather not carry a bulky camera around.

    its perfect as a printing dock,
    rather than a device you bring everywhere

    alvaro says:
  • Ahahahahahahahah! … Ahahahahahahhaahha > Just in case > LOL

    Lemos says:
  • @alvaro

    Its the same size as a polaroid, just more reasons for hipsters to buy inane useless stuff.

    RAMSES says:
  • @alvaro

    I know who it’s made for and when you look at what their target audience is I don’t really see many of them shelling out the $299 retail price they quote on their Kickstarter page. Even the $149 price to pledge their Kickstarter campaign is ridiculously insane!

    Oh, and you know what makes a perfect printing dock? The printer you already have on your desk! Hell, for $300 you can buy a damn good printer brand new and won’t have to scavenge the internet trying to buy obsolete polaroid film! This thing is @RAMSES described, “inane useless stuff”.

    BillyBuck says:
  • ^ 9 = 300 Dollars/149 Dollars ^ (designboom website can’t process dollar signs evidently)

    BillyBuck says:
  • you better produce 4×5 polaroids again, those were great polaroids, we REAL photographers miss a lot (exp polaroid 55!!!)

    bobby stanco says:
  • I am very disappointed. Please hear me out on this. When Polaroid stopped producing instant film in 2008, we feared that the beautiful film that we had come to love would be lost forever. When the Impossible Project was announced, it seemed like all hope was not lost. I WANT to believe in the Impossible Project, but the quality of their product still doesn’t make the cut after years of production and tweaking. I enjoy the unpredictable effects of instant film. Some of my best shots have benefited from these characteristics. But, the Impossible film, at $23 per pack of 8 shots, often does not develop right at all. For several years, I have ordered packs of film every six months to see if the film is up to standard. I have to report that it is not there yet.

    Now, the Impossible Project is working to Kickstart the Instant Lab. I wish they would just focus their efforts on improving the quality of their film and making a decent instant camera instead—at least that would be authentic to the art form, and not just another copy. It’s already easy for people to edit iPhone (or any other digital photos) into a Polaroid-like border. Why pay at least $189 to do the same thing?—to hold it in your hand? It feels fake to me. You can call me old fashioned, but I have to tell you that the experience of shooting instant film on an instant camera is VERY different, and you will find that out when you try it. I am not these comments to troll, I am being very sincere—the Impossible Project’s efforts and your money (their prices aren’t cheap) are better spent improving the film and creating a real instant camera that gives you the real instant experience.

    lycaon says:
  • @Lemos

    It’s actually a lot more useful and efficient than a polaroid because you can take as many photos as you want with your iPhone and choose which ones you want to turn into polaroids (whereas you can’t do that at all with a polaroid).

    Drake says:
  • Sorry I meant @ramses

    Drake says:
  • when will these be on sale in australia????

    grace says:

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