In the first quarter of 2014, you’ll be able to buy a Polaroid-branded instant digital camera that will let you shoot photos, apply Instagram filters, share them on Facebook and Instagram, and print your snapshot on Polaroid-style paper.
The idea makes sense considering that both Polaroid and Instagram appeal to people because of their hipster vibes.
It can’t be denied – tons of people get a kick out of Instagram. In fact, the service says more than 100 million people use it every month. Unless you’re a photography purist, Instagram is fun to use if you’re creatively-inclined, and transforms ordinary photos into retro-style artistic creations that you can share with friends and followers in just a few clicks on your mobile device.
The square-shaped Polaroid Socialmatic Camera is a concept developed by ADR and fittingly resembles Instagram’s little square app icon. Although actual product specs have yet to be announced, when the concept was unveiled last May it was shown to feature interchangeable lenses, an LED flash, a touchscreen, optical zoom, 16GB of memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and, of course, its own printer on board.
In the meantime, if you can’t wait to transform your Instagram pics into something you can hold in your hand, you might try SnapBox. It’s an affordable and relatively quick way to turn your Instagram art into masterpieces printed onto canvas and stretched onto classy black frames.
To use it, you choose any photo on your mobile device or computer and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a little while you’ll receive via email a preview of your art. You just choose what size you want it printed, including square shapes perfect for Instagram shots such as 5-by-5 and 9-by-9, as well as whether you want it delivered to your house for a nominal fee, or shipped for free to a retail store near you.
What’s impressive is not only how affordable SnapBox is, but also the quality of the frames and artistic feel of the finished product. Instagram makes them look more interesting than the originals, which, again, is the beauty of the app and the reason it resonates with so many people.
And now with nearly instant printing tailored just for Instagram on the horizon, it’s a good bet even more people will find the app a fun way to express their creativity.
Christina DesMarais (@salubriousdish). PCWorld