New device to print smartphone snaps as Polaroids

SnapJet currently seeking funding on Kickstarter

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New device to print smartphone snaps as Polaroids Users place their phone face-down on top of the SnapJet, which scans the image on the screen and prints it out on Polaroid 300 or Fujifilm Instax.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  November 24, 2014

A new device which is seeking funding on Kickstarter uses polaroid technology to wirelessly print photos from smartphones.

SnapJet, which uses no apps (although there will be a free app available), no wires, no Wi-Fi, no NFC and no Bluetooth is compatible with every smartphone that can take a picture.

The device is an all-in-one scanner and printer: users place their phone face-down on top of the SnapJet, which scans the image on the screen and prints it out on Polaroid 300 or Fujifilm Instax, using the light of the smartphone's screen to develop the film at a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi.

"After a few experiments, we realised that the light emitted from a smartphone could be used to develop a photo. Smartphone displays like iPhone's retina display have achieved amazing resolutions at 326ppi or higher, and they are all carefully color corrected. The light emitted from them could produce a beautiful print on instant film -- if only there was a way to focus that light," the SnapJet team wrote.

"SnapJet combines vintage analog instant film and cutting-edge fiber optic technology to do just that. It's a modern reinvention of a beautiful, artistic, and expressive medium. We can't wait to bring it to the world."

The device is also open source, including an OLED display, USB and BLE compaitibility. "We'll release all of our designs and schematics to the community. You'll get our printed circuit board files, our CAD models, and anything you would need to build a fully working SnapJet. We want to empower our users to hack, re-program, and re-purpose SnapJet, even commercially," the team wrote.

Currently the $58,035 has been pledged and the project will only be funded if the goal of at least $155,000 is reached by 20 December 2014.

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