As smartphones continue to up the ante when it comes to how well they take pictures and the technology used in doing so, more and more people turn to their phone as the main photo shooting apparatus of the house. Companies like Prynt realize that, and have developed a smartphone case that essentially turns your smartphone into a picture-printing on-the-go Polaroid camera.
Prynt is a French hardware startup company that has been working on the concept of turning your smartphone into a Polaroid since January. The Prynt case basically works by sending the captured photo via Bluetooth directly to the case, which is then printed by heating up paper that’s filled with ink.
As of right now, it takes around 50 seconds to get a captured image onto printed paper, and currently the case can only take one piece of paper at a time. The final product will reportedly be able to hold around 30 pieces of paper, with the printing process taking less than 30 seconds via improved hardware integration and a better physical connection between the case and phone.
But that’s not all the case can do. Prynt also has an augmented reality feature, directly integrated into the Prynt camera app, that can automatically record a video of your surroundings the moment you click the upload to cloud button. Then when you hold up the physical printed photo to your smartphone’s camera while the app is still open, it shows that video in place of the picture (imagine Snapchat, but with a physical token).
Clément Perrot (CEO of Prynt) says that the Prynt case will sell for $99 on Kickstarter after it’s made available next year, and will support flagship devices with 4.x-inch screens. They are also working on ways of supporting phablets as well.
What do you guys think of the Prynt concept? Is it something you would consider buying?