Have you ever browsed through your smartphone pics and wished you could print copies in a moment’s notice? A new device, aptly named SnapJet, is now making that a reality. The open-source, instant-film printer — which has made its Kickstarter debut — uses Polaroid technology to let users wirelessly print their photos directly from a smartphone.
Impressively, the SnapJet doesn’t require any mobile app, wires, or other connections, such as Wi-Fi, NFC or even Bluetooth. As its creators note, “All you need to do is put your phone on top, and push a single button to print beautiful photos.”
Aside from its simplicity, what really sets this device apart is its portability. Given it size, users can now work on scrapbooks in a coffee shop, or make a real-time birthday cards just captured during the party.
How does it work? Users simply place their phone face-down on top of the SnapJet. The SnapJet then scans the image on the screen and prints it out on either Polaroid 300 or Fujifilm Instax film, using the light from the phone’s display to develop the film at resolutions up to 1,200 dpi. According to the team, if you upgrade your phone, the print quality gets even better!
Powered by an Atmel AT90USB1286, the SnapJet also features an OLED display and other connectivity options — like USB and BLE — just in case you feel the need retouch a few pics, or for those Makers out there, the urge to reprogram or hack the open-source device.
The team says it will be releasing each of its designs and schematics to the DIY community, which will enable tinkerers to access their PCBs, CAD models and everything else required to create a fully-functional SnapJet.
“We want to empower our users to hack, re-program, and re-purpose SnapJet, even commercially,” the team writes. “We want open source hardware to be the new standard for physical devices. Consumers should know exactly what’s inside their devices. No toxic chemicals or parts that are designed to wear out and force upgrades. We think open-source is the only effective path to fighting planned obsolescence, and making innovation more democratic.”
Though instant Polaroid photos may seem like a relic of the past, the SnapJet proves otherwise. If you’d like to get your hands on one, head on over to its official Kickstarter page here. Currently, early bird SnapJets are going for just $129, with a projected delivery date of December 2015.