“Instantly sharing life’s special moments is what Polaroid’s legacy and heritage are all about. Our smartphones are always with us and have become an important device consumer’s reach for to capture life’s most memorable moment”
President and CEO of Polaroid, Scott W. Hardy, commenting on the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer
Yes folks, you know this was bound to happen, especially as the Hipsters are around.
Polaroid is back, based on their showing of the US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer (Goldman, 2015) at CES (Computer Electronics Show) 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the prestigious Electronics Trade Show, they made it clear that they’re bringing instant photos back with a portable printer that uses no ink.
Polaroids people, are back!
The portable printer from Polaroid Bluetooth’s or NFC’s your snaps to you smartphone, be it Apple iPhone or Google Android via a Free App, allowing you to print 2″ x 3″ physical prints, just like a Polaroid Camera (Deer, 2014) of old!
If you’re used to the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1, then you’ll love this smartphone add on, as after taking those photos, you can basically delete them off your smartphone and have them made as gifts.
No hacker can get them and they make great gifts for family and friends to quote President and CEO of Polaroid, Scott W. Hardy, commenting on the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer: “Some photos are uploaded to social networks and shared with others digitally; however, there will always be a need to share and show actual “physical” photos. The new Polaroid Zip mobile printer doesn’t just streamline and simplify the process it makes it as much fun as sharing an image online. That’s why we’re excited to bring the “updated” version of the Polaroid experience to a generation of consumers known for always being on-the-move.”
US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer – Instant Polaroid Nostalgia that’s Hacker-proof
Weighing a mere 86g (.41lbs) with dimension of 7.39 cm by 11.99 cm (2.91” x 4.72”), (Hoistion, 2015) this is portable printing nirvana that can easily sine into your top pocket. Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC is the means of connection between your Smartphone to this min printer which uses ZINK paper that’s really special thermal paper are impregnated with cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals.
Colourless in appearance, it changes colour once heated inside of what’s effectively a mini thermal printer. Personally I’m still upset with the cost of the ZINK paper, which runs at US$25 for a pack of 100, yet the rechargeable battery for this US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer only allows you to print just twenty five (25) per charge.
Bummer man! Still the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer saving grace happens to the software. The app is a powerful enough editor to make:
- Add filters
- Add frames
- Create stamps and stickers
- Create business cards
A cool feature is that you can embed edited version of the original image in the printed photograph in the form of a QR Code. Persons wanting to see the edited version merely have to scan the QR code printed on the original image and thus be treated to your creative editing skills using the above filters and frames.
At US$130, the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer is a little bit of portable Nostalgia for those of us that like to feel our photographs, rather than view them on a little screen on your smartphone..….where hackers can snatch at them from the Cloud!
Here’s the Link:
- Deer, L. (2014, November 2014). Polaroid Comeback as Analog Photography back in Vogue – US Millennials taking Polaroid Pictures as Privacy-loving Fappening Celebrities go Retro. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/polaroid-comeback-as-analog-photography.html
- Goldman, J. (2015, January 5). Polaroid Zip delivers instant prints for your smartphone snapshots. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/polaroid-zip-mobile-printer/
- Hoistion, M. (2015, January 5). Print Any Digital Image Instantly With the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer. Retrieved from http://www.polaroid.com/news/print-any-digital-image-instantly-with-the-polaroid-zip-mobile-printer