Instagram Camera Shares Digitally, Prints Physically
A designer is trying to gather funds to build a camera that would take Instagram photos, share them online and print them on paper.
CREDIT: From "Socialmatic Camera" by Antoni De Rosa on Indiegogo
Can you call it nostalgia if the time you're longing for was only four years ago? Just four years after Polaroid stopped making instant film – and just four months since Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy – one designer created the concept for a camera that prints physical copies of Instagram pictures at the same time it shares those photos online.
Italian-born Antonio De Rosa's "Socialmatic" camera would have 16 gigabytes of storage, WiFi and Bluetooth connections and a touchscreen. At the same time, it would hold a paper cartridge, four ink tanks and an internal printer. It would be integrated with Facebook and Instagram's apps, so users can apply Instagram filters to the photos, share the results on Facebook and print out the pictures. A QR code at the bottom of printed pictures would take viewers back online. We're starting to feel a little bit like Alice, changing sizes with every step into Wonderland.
De Rosa hopes for funding from Mark Zuckerberg, he told Co.DESIGN. But he's starting smaller, asking for donations on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo.
De Rosa appeals to nostalgia at the end of his project description. "On the bottom of front side of your printed photo, you've a dedicated space to write something, just like to comment a photo on Facebook, but in the real world," he wrote. "Do you remember the old Polaroid photos?"
Yes, we do still remember Polaroids very well.