When I was a kid, all my relatives had those big Polaroid cameras that shot normal size prints out the font as soon as you took the pic. We have photo albums stuffed with the pictures and my dad used his until the film stopped being made.
When you think gaming, you think Polaroid, right? Or, is that something else? Like cameras. Yeah, that's probably a bit more comfortable for most people. Well, get ready to get thrown right out of your comfort zone, because it looks like Polaroid is all set to turn things on their nose. With a few accessories in the works, Polaroid wants back into the gaming scene.
So you're not convinced by The Impossible Project's $3-a-shot reimagined Polaroid film, and the rising cost of increasingly scarce original cartridges is making you consider retiring your camera; how about modifying your Polaroid shooter for use with regular sheet film? It's not a process for everyone - the camera probably won't ever use Polaroid film again, and you won't get your prints instantly - but if you love the optics on your Polaroid Spectra then this Instructable is for you.
When we wrote about The Impossible Project a little over a year ago, we'll admit to having been a little sceptical as to whether the task - getting an ex-Polaroid film factory up and running, with chemicals and other technology brought bang up to date - was achievable. At the time they were aiming for a release of newly-produced film sometime in 2010; happily it looks like they're bang on schedule, since the first Impossible Project film will go on sale come March 25th.
I have many memories from my childhood from holidays and other special occasions of those old Polaroid instant cameras. My brother and I would fight over who got to shake the picture until it developed. Those cameras are gone, but Polaroid does have its PoGo portable printer, which is sort of the instant camera for modern times.
When you give your scheme a name like "The Impossible Project" you're obviously setting yourself up for some seriously hard work, but then again aiming to not only reverse-engineer Polaroid's iconic instant Integral film, but improve upon it and then market it as a commercial enterprise does sound like a tall order. That's just what some Integral-obsessed Polaroid addicts are doing, however; they've taken out a ten year lease on a closed Polaroid factory in the Netherlands and are gathering up film experts to help them develop a new instant photography product.
If you've been in a state of mild depression since it was announced that Polaroid would no longer be producing their trademark film, then this might perk you back up a bit. The Tomy Xiao TIP-521 Digital Camera offers a bit of that instant picture satisfaction while still befitting the digital age.
Fans of the Polaroid camera were greatly dismayed when it was discontinued. Even though the picture quality was lackluster, there was just something about the instant gratification of a photo appearing as soon as you took the picture. But it looks like Polaroid has heard all of your cries and will be releasing a digital camera with a built-in PoGo Bluetooth printer.
Polaroid first showed off their PoGo portable photo printer back in January, at which point we were told that it would be launching imminently. Several months later, the company finally has a release date for the device, which uses an inkless printing system developed by Zink to create 2 x 3-inch full-color copies of images from your digital camera or cellphone.
Remember the mini printer that fits in your pocket from Zink? They have partnered with the creator of instant photo, Polaroid to push Zink Imaging into an instant and inkless mobile printer that’s capable to produce a full 2”x3” in less than 60 seconds. The pocket-sized mobile printer uses zero ink technology aka ZINK photo paper that embedded minuscule dye crystals in the photo paper. Heat from printer activates the dye crystals to form the ‘inkless’ image. It’s water resistant and dry instantly, even come with a peel-off sticker in the back for multipurpose uses.