Transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs that you can touch, caress and share with friends.
Your digital images transformed into real instant photographs. That’s impossible, right?
Right! We are Impossible and we love instant photography. We love it so much, we were crazy enough to buy the last Polaroid factory in order to save instant film for the future. If you’ve ever held an SX 70 in your hand, you probably understand. It’s such a beautiful piece of design and the photos it makes are so different from any other camera – unique and magical. But even we instant film aficionados take a lot of pictures with our iPhones, so we wanted to find a way to turn those digital iPhone images into true instant photos.
Well … we invented it. The Impossible Instant Lab!
Melt those iPhone Pixels into a True Analog Photograph.
The Impossible Instant Lab is designed to transform any digital image via your iPhone into an instant photo that is exposed using only the light from the display, then processed and developed by chemicals. A photo that exists physically – IRL. A photo that is a one-of-a-kind original that can be shared, exhibited and preserved. A photo that no longer needs an electronic device to be seen.
Easy to use. Everywhere.
Just select an image from the Instant Lab app, place the iPhone in the cradle and slide open the shutter on the base. A signal tells you when the exposure is finished. Close the shutter, push the button and the Instant Lab ejects your photo, ready to develop in the palm of your hand. That’s it!
Collapse the tower and the Instant Lab is fully portable and ready to go wherever your heart desires.
The Impossible Instant Lab Story
A passionate team of old and young, brand new and vastly experienced instant photography aficionados came together a year ago, pursuing the idea to develop a new instant camera for Impossible. On the way we came up with the idea of the Instant Lab. We built the first prototype, shot the first photos and finally developed the perfect design. We involved professionals in fine mechanics, optics, usability design, production design and app design to create a great device with a hands-on user experience.
Revolutionary concept and design – high quality production – made in Germany
We teamed up with Prof. Achim Heine, Berlin, the industrial designer who designed the Leica Digilux 1 in 2002, a revolutionary camera which transfers the tangible analog values of photography into the digital age.
With the design and concept of the Impossible Instant Lab he embraces these two worlds again by creating a beautiful device which transforms your digital images into pure and magic Impossible instant photos.
Our production partner is DHW Fototechnik in Braunschweig, Germany, a successor of the legendary camera producer Rollei, where highly-skilled engineers still produce analog cameras and optical devices until today.
Your Impossible Instant Lab: We will get it done – and on time.
We have fully engineered each individual piece of the 48 parts of the device. We have a handful of fully working prototypes. We have selected all necessary vendors and tool makers. We have carefully planned a timeline for the mass-production and delivery of the devices approximately 22–24 weeks after Kickstarter funding, starting mid-February 2013. Orders are processed in the order received. Kickstarter is the only place we will offer it for pre-sale. Grab your device now. We’ll keep you posted with updates during production.
- Dimensions (metric): collapsed 148mm long x 111mm wide x 62mm tall; expanded 176mm tall
- Dimensions (english): collapsed 5.8″ long x 4.3″ wide x 2.4″ tall; expanded 6.9″ tall
- Micro-processor-controlled film development unit with Smart Charger
- Li-Ion rechargable battery – 150(!) development cycles with one charge
- Cradle for iPhone4/4S and iPhone5 – have an Android device? Click here
- Compatible with instant film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras
- International Patent Pending
Meet the Makers: Impossible
Impossible is the only company producing instant film for original Polaroid™ cameras today. We started our great adventure in 2008 by purchasing the world’s last remaining Polaroid film factory in Enschede, The Netherlands and restarted production. Impossible was founded on the simple conviction that analog things have major value in a digital world. So far, we have opened up Impossible Project spaces in NYC, Tokyo, Paris, Vienna and Enschede.