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Everybody you know is spoiled rotten: we carry around magical slabs of technology that can capture any moment and instantly share it with everyone we know. It’s great, but it didn’t used to be this way — amateur photographers used to have to wait weeks to see their pictures.
The Polaroid Socialmatic — more commonly known as the that Instagram camera thing — feels like it has been on the “coming soon” list for years now. But behold! The Socialmatic is finally shipping, and we had a bit of a play with it at this year’s CES. So what does a $300 Instagram camera from Polaroid actually do?
Instead of churning out instant photos, this Polaroid has had its camera guts removed and replaced with a simple cheese slicer. For $US10, it still produces fond memories, but instead of a baby’s smile or a day at the beach, it’s fond memories of eating thin slices of cheese. And that would put a smile on anybody’s face — except the lactose intolerant. [Gamago via Chip Chick]
These days, everything is instant photography, but no matter how many filters you smear onto that smartphone picture, it’s never going to have the wonderful feel of the photos a Polaroid used to spit out. But now you can approximate that level of satisfaction thanks to Fujifilm’s new Instax Share SP-1 printer.
Polaroid is a non-entity these days, but instant photography lives on in the digital photos we produce at dazzling speeds. We’re addicted, and that’s what made Polaroid the hottest tech company in the world when its first blockbuster consumer product, the Model 95 Land Camera, went on sale. That was 65 years ago on Black Friday, November 26, 1948.
Even though digital cameras provide us the same instant gratification after snapping a photo, Polaroid’s instant snapper still has a cult following. Of course, that also means that instant film is more expensive than ever, so if you’re just a fan of the Polaroid camera’s iconic design, this Pola Roll toilet paper holder is a cheaper way to keep one around for posterity.
We couldn’t be happier that Lego master Chris McVeigh — aka Power Pig — is continuing to use his formidable skills to create brick versions of iconic cameras. Following up on his Leica M9-P he brings us this gorgeous Lego version of the Polaroid Land Camera 1000.