Yeah, Instagram is great, right? With the flick of a finger, you can see attractive human beings doing a variety of things, from posing with ice cream cones in front of the Eiffel Tower to annoyingly curating vignettes with confetti and preciously staged Parisian desserts. (And then there’s the cute stuff, like puppies, babies and the occasional #OOTD.)
But what if you could have Instagram and make your experience even better? What if you could throw back to a time when your memories were tangible objects (#TBT) – those precious things called photos that you’d routinely hold in your hand or throw in a scrapbook or album.
Well, a company called Prynt is doing just that. It’s a dock ($49, if you’re an earlybird backer on Kickstarter) that you plug your phone into that converts your iPhone or Samsung S4/S5 into a Polaroid printer. The photos print in seconds, and there’s also an app that lets you visualize the photo-taking process. Hold your printed photo in front of your phone, and the video that’s shot while you take the photo plays on top of the image like magic. Okay, that magic is actually augmented reality and not a Patronus charm.
What’s great about Prynt over something like the LG Pocket Photo ($170) is the fact that it’s one unit that can be separated, kind of like Megazord. Whereas the Pocket Photo prints, but it’s just a small printer you carry around in your pocket. Both have very practical uses, but if you’re looking for something less cumbersome that can print your photos and make them dance, then you probably know which one you’re gonna grab.
So, everything is cyclical, even technology that originated in 1948!