In an era where sharing photos has become almost an entirely digital enterprise it seems that one crowd-funded project based in San Francisco called is determined to bring back the feeling of having a physical photo in your hand. The Prynt Case is the first smartphone cover that instantly prints photos. The case features a small inkless photo printer that plugs into your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy via a modular system that lets you swap between connectors. No Wifi or Bluetooth is needed to operate the printer – just plug in and go!
Using the device is easy as pie: users can pick a snap from their camera roll, or shoot a new picture with the Prynt app, and then instantly print out a two-by-three-inch photo. Up to 10 pieces of paper fit in the case, which has a battery designed to let you print out 20 prints, each in about 30 seconds. The device uses specially treated zinc paper that reacts with heat to form an image, so don’t worry about having to lug around any extra ink cartridges.
There’s also a clever, albeit gimmicky, augmented reality feature. If you film a 5 to 10 second video just before you take a photo, Prynt will attach that clip to your photo. This will video will then play automatically when you activate your phones camera through the Prynt app and point it at the printed photo, making it look as if the still image has magically come to life. The video is also stored in the cloud, so anybody you give the photo to can use the Prynt app to view it.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether the Prynt case will be the sort of novelty device that ends up gathering dust in the corner of your room. Either way, considering that the case is only $99 and a set of 10 pieces of paper will set you back a modest $5, we’re certainly looking forward to getting our hand on one.
The cases are not yet on the market, but you can pre-order them here