Polaroids used to be the bees knees, tech wise. They would let you immediately see, as well as print the picture you just took. In a world where you had to wait a week to have your shots developed, that was awesome. But then, digital cameras came around, and things changed. But fashion can go in cycles and what is now old often ends up being rediscovered by younger generations and brought back from the dustbin with a shiny new coating. The Impossible Instant Lab seeks to combine the best from smartphone photography (portability, immediacy, versatility) with not only the nostalgia of Polaroid cameras, but also the fact that they do give you a physical sample to carry along with you.
The Lab features a collapsible tower atop of which you cradle your iPhone and which positions it perfectly so that a picture of the screen may be taken. That picture is then developed into an actual, chemical-reaction, darkroom-in-the-paper, analog photograph. No Instagram filter will ever be that hipster-y. It even uses actual film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras.
Once folded up the Impossible Instant Lab is 5.8″ long x 4.3″ wide x 2.4″ tall, which is fairly portable itself and a full charge can give you up to 150 prints.
There’s still some time to get in at the $189 price point, once again as a pledge on Kickstarter. Delivery expected in February 2013.