Polaroids from iPhones? Impossible!
The future for instant photography is bright indeed, thanks to a dedicated crew of makers in the Netherlands called The Impossible Project. They've been in the news here earlier this year, in conjunction with the film about Polaroid, Time Zero.
The Impossible Project was founded in 2008, by former Polaroid employees who saved the last Polaroid production plant for making instant film in Enschede, Netherlands. In 2010, Impossible released their first new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2013, they plan to introduce an all-new hardware platform for processing instant film, called the Impossible FPU.
One piece of "impossible" hardware that's currently in development (pun intended) is the Impossible Instant Lab. It will allow users to transform their iPhone photos into true analog instant photographs.
The development of the Impossible Instant Lab is being funded by a Kickstarter project that is off to a very strong start, receiving over $200,000 of pledges towards a goal of $250,000 by October 8th. If the campaign continues on to successful funding, the Instant Lab is planned for release in February 2013.
From the press release:
Florian Kaps, founder of Impossible explains: “The Instant Lab is the Impossible answer to a question that we have been posing for a long time: Is there a convenient but truly analog way to transfer our everyday’s iPhone images into these unique, real and magic photographs we love so much? The experience of now finally merging the digital with the analog world of photography using this Impossible machine exceeds our wildest expectations."
Here is the video introducing the Impossible Instant Lab: