The Polaroid Lab delivers instant prints using your phone display

Joanna Estrada
September 11, 2019

If you can successfully place your smartphone face down on a table, you can create Polaroid copies of your favourite photos.

The Lab looks vaguely reminiscent of Polaroid's iconic instant cameras, but it lacks an eyepiece and a front-facing lens.

Now, the aesthetic has finally come full circle with Polaroid's latest digital-to-print gadget that turns those photos back into actual.

The new Polaroid Lab works the same was as the old Impossible Instant Lab: it projects a photo from your smartphone's screen onto a piece of analog instant film (in this case, any Polaroid i-Type film), using three lenses and multiple mirrors to transfer the image as accurately as possible.

The Polaroid Lab is out on October 10, and will work with most Android smartphones and iPhones from 6 onwards - and yes, it uses regular i-Type and 600 film. Upon pressing the red button, the picture is projected onto film and recast into an instant photo that ejects from the Lab.

Polaroid Originals calls the device a miniature tabletop darkroom, mixing digital smartphone photography with real film.

You'll be able to print out your photos as single Polaroid shots or as collages comprised of nine separate images, and within the Polaroid Originals app, you can even assign a video to an image. Augmented reality features are also part of the app. "The idea behind the Polaroid Lab is that it turns your most previous smartphone photos into tangible Polaroid photographs - bringing them into the world as something you can hold in your hand and store on the fridge rather than in the cloud".

Mobile printers aim to capitalize on the resurgence of instant photography - a majority of them use Zink paper to print out an image. The product was first crowdfunded and released years ago when Polaroid Originals was known as The Impossible Project.

The Polaroid Lab begins shipping next month and is expected to retail for $130.

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