Do you miss shaking it like a Polaroid picture? Okay, you retro photographer! The team behind the Impossible Instant Lab wants you to forget about digital pictures. They would like to keep you in the old school days with analog photography, aka Polaroid pictures. So, what is it, you ask? It’s a photo printer…err, I mean, it’s an “instant lab.” What started out as a Kickstart project, the Impossible Instant Lab takes your digital photos from your Apple iPhone 4/5 (or iPod Touch) and converts them into an analog form, which is reminiscent of a Polaroid.
So, how does it work? Easy. Simply extend the Impossible Instant Lab, fire up the Impossible Lab App on your phone, select the photo you’d like to print, place your phone on top of the cradle and wait for the signal, then press a button. Voila. A photo will then eject and you just made yourself an analog picture! The video below shows it in action:
The Impossible Instant Lab is battery powered and when collapsed measures 5.8″ long x 4.3″ wide x 2.4″ tall. On top of that, it weighs around a pound, which makes it very portable. The Impossible Lab app, which is a key component into the whole printing process, is only only compatible with the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s and the iPod Touch 4th and 5th generations. Sorry Android folks. It also comes with a USB cable for charging purposes. The Impossible Instant Lab itself costs a cool $299 USD shipped — currently, only available in black. But, if you act fast, you can get a $299 holiday bundle which includes the Impossible Instant Lab itself and a free pack of gold and silver frame color films. With that said, the films required to produce the analog material costs about $23.50 USD a pop — so you’ll be saving about $50 bucks with the holiday bundle.