Have you used Polaroid instant cameras? If you have, then you must be missing them, despite having the latest digital cameras and imaging tools. Well, you don’t have to miss it so much because now you can turn your smartphone into a Polaroid. A French start-up called Prynt is taking smartphone covers to a whole new level of functionality that goes beyond conventional features such as extra protection, style or battery life.
Prynt’s new case allows you to print Polaroid style images by attaching the innovative case to the smartphone. These cases can print photos within seconds. Now you can share photos with your friends without having to resort to digital formats. The feeling of possessing a physical copy of photos is pretty awesome. The only photos that you might get in physical format these days are passport photos and marriage photos. All other pics are preferred in digital formats for convenient sharing.
Prynt case with Polaroid capabilities
Prynt’s case was born from a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $1.5 million earlier this year for the ambitious concept. The design of the case is pretty simple. You need to attach it to the back of your smartphone (like a normal case) and plug it to the bottom section. When the case has been fitted, you will find a conveniently located hand-grip and trigger button on the right. For this, the phone needs to be kept in the horizontal position. As soon as you click the button, a physical copy of the photo will slide out in approximately 30 seconds.
The images are printed on Polaroid’s compact 2 x 3 inch ZINK papers which deliver a decent graphical reproduction. However, these papers won’t come cheap. You will have to shell out 1500 bucks for a set of 50 papers. Those who like the Polaroid style images, will definitely be willing to make this investment in order to get physical copies of images instantly. You could use a portable printer, but nothing would appeal as much as Polaroid.
Prynt’s Augmented Reality App in action
Prynt has another interesting feature, an augmented reality app, where a small video gets recorded whenever you click a picture with the app. On printing this image, you may hold it up to the app. This will overlay the image with a play button which would play the video instead of displaying the image itself. Polaroid cameras never had this ability, so it will make a cool addition to the overall appeal of the innovative Prynt case.
With a weight of 200 grams, this accessory does add to the overall weight of the smartphone and is by no means preferred for 24×7 usage. This may not be necessarily hefty, but you could definitely do without the added bulk if there is no need for the case. Probably the only downside to the device is the connectivity wherein it has to be plugged in physically. There is no support for Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity at the moment. Future iterations of this device may have enhanced connectivity for convenient usage.
In order to use the Prynt Polaroid case, you need to own an iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy S5 or Samsung Galaxy S4. The case is currently compatible with only these smartphones. Other devices may be made compatible later, so you would have to keep an eye out for further updates. Prynt doesn’t come cheap either. With a price tag of Rs. 8000, it might not appeal to everyone. However, fans of Polaroid might not hesitate to invest this amount.
Check out the following video for more details on design and usage.
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