Filling An Instant-Gratification Void

3 comments November 6th, 2008at 07:57pm Posted by Eli

This is actually quite clever, and it could potentially fill the gaping void left behind since Polaroid exited the instant film business:

Polaroids may be dead, but the basic concept lives on — remember Zink, that company whose technology prints digital photos on the spot without ink? It’s joined forces with toy-maker Tomy to make the xiao TIP-521, a digital camera with a printer built in. The xiao has a modest five megapixel resolution, so we might wait and see how Polaroid’s own Zink camera turns out, but in either case we’re stoked the tactile experience is back.

I’ll probably never get one, since I don’t really care about having a physical print, but this is still a great idea. For instance, my mother’s side of the family has a quasi-reunion every year, with lots of picture-taking, but by the time the photos (whether digital or film) are processed, everyone has scattered to the four winds.  If we all had Xiaos, everyone could take prints back home with them.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology

3 Comments

  • 1. spork_incident  |  November 6th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Not to be disagreeable but from a photographer’s point of view these things don’t even come close to Polaroids.

    It may be futile but:

    Save Polaroid

    .

  • 2. Eli  |  November 6th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Better than nothing, dude. I don’t think polaroids are coming back.

    I still think they’re technologically pretty cool, tho.

  • 3. spork_incident  |  November 7th, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Can you put a Xiao back on a 4×5 or 8×10? Can you soak off the exposed emulsion and transfer it to other backing? Can I get a nice negative from it? Can I manipulate the image as it’s developing?

    Didn’t think so.

    (And yes, I’m bitter. Why do you ask?)

    .


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