Instaprint spits out your Instagram photos Polaroid-style

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Sharing memories with family and friends is easier than ever nowadays, with photo-sharing apps such as Instagram. Still, I love Polaroid cameras and photo booths, as they give me an instant keepsake that I can use to decorate my fridge, cube, or home, and remind me of good times. So wouldn’t it be grand if there were a way to bring that functionality to Instagram?

Well, now there is, thanks to a Brooklyn-based company called Breakfast.

The New York startup, which says it “specializes in creating digital experiences that utilize custom robotics and devices to bridge the gap between online and the real world,” has come up with a mobile photo booth that’s sure to be a hit at your next party or event. Powered by a mini Linux computer, Instaprint connects to your mobile device via Wi-Fi and prints your Instagram photos Polaroid-style. It does so by looking for pictures with a user-specified hash tag or location, and then prints them out, with comments and all.

Here’s another cool thing. You won’t have to deal with the hassle and expense of replacing ink cartridges because Instaprint uses inkless technology. Instead, all the color is pulled from the special photo paper.

The team at Breakfast first came up with the idea for Instaprint in spring 2011 and created a prototype within two weeks. Since then, the group has been working on refining th… [Read more]

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