Impossible Instant Lab

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.

Impossible Instant Lab

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.

Impossible Lab gif

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?


  1. September 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I got the kickstarter notice about this when it came out. I was excited at first, looks cool and i love polaroids, (had a collection of them including some of the first made until my studio burned down, that story is for another time). Problem i see is i just the file to my computer and print it out for pennies instead of dollars. If you want them to hand out instantly where you are at (at the fair or on a mountain) great! Otherwise I’ll just buy another gadget for my D700 and call it a day.

    • September 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      My thoughts exactly, Paul! Initial excitement followed by thoughts of other ways I could spend my money. Regardless, I can’t wait to see one in person!

      • 1.1.1) Paul Barraco
        September 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        And that’s another problem. The kid in me wants to have one and push the button over and over again, watching all the cool pictures come out and develop (then my dad finds out and says “You spent how much on film !?!”

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