Polaroid Lab lets you print instant photos straight from your phone’s screen

Sep 10, 2019

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Polaroid Lab lets you print instant photos straight from your phone’s screen

Sep 10, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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There are certainly more than one ways to get your photos printed: ink-jet printers, mobile printers, or using instant cameras. The latest weird product, Polaroid Lab, combines the last two concepts and adds your smartphone to the equation. It lets you print an instant photo from images you already have on your phone, and all you need to do is open the photo and scan the screen with Polaroid Lab.

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With Polaroid Lab, Polaroid is recycling the concept we saw way back in 2012. Perhaps you remember the Impossible Instant Lab, which transferred your iPhone images into real instant photos. This is pretty much the same concept but under a new name. The Impossible Instant Lab was discontinued in 2017, a few months before its creators, The Impossible Project, acquired the Polaroid brand.

Basically, Polaroid Lab uses the light from your phone’s screen. You should open the photo you want to print in Polaroid app. Then, place your phone on top of the machine, and push the red button, and you’ll get a print. The modern (and slightly weird) concept still has a bit of nostalgia in it, since you have to wait for a few minutes until the photo develops.

Polaroid Lab works with all iPhone models after 6S, and “current models of Samsung, Huawei, Google Pixel, and One Plus’ Android handsets,” according to TechCrunch. It prints your photos on Polaroid i-Type and 600 films. Other than printing an individual photo on a single piece of paper, you can turn it into a collage and print it on several papers. The video below demonstrates some ideas, and I assume that you can create the collage through the accompanying Polaroid app.

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Now, I don’t see how printing a photo after scanning a phone screen can be better than sending the file to a printer (directly or via PC). Honestly, it probably can’t when it comes to image quality. But at least it’s fun, and it probably will have its audience. After all, the Impossible Instant Lab raised over half a million dollars when it was launched on Kickstarter, so I believe there are people who want to have something like this. And if are one of them, set aside $129  and expect Polaroid Lab to hit the shelves in early October current year.

[via TechCrunch]

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2 responses to “Polaroid Lab lets you print instant photos straight from your phone’s screen”

  1. Johnny Martyr Avatar
    Johnny Martyr

    Similar concept to the Instax Share SP but an optical method of connecting phone to printer, which probably rules out tablet use. I’d be interested in seeing results first hand to compare to the Instax since they can look a bit low res digital. These kinds of printers take the one-off nature of instant film away but they open up the opportunity to share analog prints more easily which is fun.

  2. Martin Roth Avatar
    Martin Roth

    Is this a late April‘s Fool? What about taking a screenshot and printing it from the phone via air-print or whatever the Android version is. What am I missing here?