Last week, The Impossible Project launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a printer that prints images directly from your iPhone’s screen to Impossible Project film, resulting in true analog instant prints of your digital images. Instead of simply viewing images on your phone’s screen or even sending them to a lab to be printed, the Impossible Instant Lab will use the light from your phone’s screen to expose a piece of film, which then becomes a Polaroid-style photo.
Although it only launched last week, the Kickstarter campaign is currently fully funded, meaning that the Impossible Instant Lab will go into production late this year and will start shipping sometime after February 2013. Proposed retail price for the Impossible Instant Lab is $299.
Initially, I was excited to hear about this new piece of technology that bridges the gap between digital and analog. The more I thought about it, though, the more I wondered if I really wanted to spend approximately $3 on a print from a phone my camera took. Impossible Project film is not cheap (around $24 for a pack of 8 pieces of film) and rarely do I take an image with my phone that I would want to print. Of course, my opinion might change the first time I saw the Impossible Instant Lab in action and held a print that, only minutes before, only existed on my phone.
What do you think about this? Is this something that interests you? Would you consider purchasing an Impossible Instant Lab?