The Printer That’s Designed for Your Pocket
Polaroid's ZIP Instant Mobile Printer lets you print wirelessly from your phone
Polaroid released its ZIP Instant Mobile Printer this month, allowing users to print wirelessly from the cameras they are using the most: their mobile devices.
Using the Polaroid ZIP app from a mobile device and Bluetooth or NFC technology, users can print a 2×3” full-color photo in under 60 seconds. The photos also come with a sticky back that can be revealed for use as a sticker.
The printer uses Polaroid’s ZINK zero ink technology, first used with their PoGo Instant Printer in 2008. It produces smudge-free and photo-quality prints by embedding dye crystals into the photo paper, eliminating the need for ink cartridges, ribbons or toner.
Polaroid worked closely with San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition on the design of the pocket-sized printer to keep the device small, easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing.
As Gregoire Vandenbussche, Senior Designer at Ammunition told PSFK:
We designed the Zip to be one of the most ‘pocketable’ mobile printers on the market. We kept it small and light, with rounded surfaces and a glossy treatment that makes it easy to slip in a pocket, while still providing enough grip to the hand. The design of the Zip is simple and clean, and with just one button, it’s incredibly easy to use.
The Polaroid Zip app also allows users to edit photos, apply filters, add emojis and create collages.
Polaroid lent us a unit to test and it performed as advertised. Quality is pretty decent, and definitely improves if you use photos that aren’t too heavily edited. While it’s not a substitute for professional printing, nor intended to be used for that, it’s a fun product to quickly share a tangible photo with friends and family (that you just took) or support an art project.
ZINK photo paper is also significantly less expensive than other instant photo alternatives, costing about 50 cents a print.
Photos: Polaroid and Photojojo