Instagram fans who want more instant gratification from the photo sharing service and social network are getting some help from Polaroid.
In the first quarter of 2014, youll 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 cant 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 youre a photography purist, Instagram is fun to use if youre 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 Instagrams 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 cant wait to transform your Instagram pics into something you can hold in your hand, you might try SnapBox. Its 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 youll 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 5x5 and 9x9, 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.
Whats 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, its a good bet even more people will find the app a fun way to express their creativity.
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