Don’t you wish you could print out your seflies instantly after you’ve taken them? With the new Socialmatic camera from Polaroid, you can. Announced this week at CES in Las Vegas, this Android-powered snapper — which looks a little bit like the Instagram logo — lets you take pictures and print them instantly using its built-in Zero Ink printer.
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Polaroid has decided to pull the plug on its first Android-powered interchangeable lens camera after it lost a patent infringement lawsuit brought on by Nikon. The iM1836, which was announced at CES back in January, will no longer be promoted, sold, or manufactured in its current form.
I can’t remember the last time I picked up a proper camera and took a photograph; every picture I take these days is on a smartphone. The problem with that is, I usually end up transferring them to my Mac, and then that’s where they stay. Forever. Making good quality prints isn’t as easy as it should be.
Polaroid is hoping to change that. The company has announced that is to open a bunch of new Fotobar stores across the United States that are dedicated to printing your smartphone snaps. You can pop in, upload your pictures, edit them, and then print them.
If the current custodians of the much-abused Polaroid brand have any sense, they’ll call this upcoming camera the Polaroid Android, and they’ll license the Radiohead song of (almost) the same name to promote it.
Or they could just rip off the song, just like they appear to have ripped of the design: If the 18.1 Megapixel IM1836 looks familiar, that’s because it’s almost identical to Nikon’s J-series cameras.
With the advances in smartphone cameras, it’s getting to the point where separate point and shoots are no longer needed. Although we’re not quite there yet, Polaroid has taken an opposite approach and brought the smartphone to the camera. Introducing the Android powered SC1630. It’s half smartphone, all camera. Although I’m still not keen on having to carry around two devices, the SC1630 makes a strong argument for one to put their phone back in their pocket and start using a camera again.