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The Instant Lab Universal isn’t a printer. It’s a camera. It exposes the images on your smartphone or tablet’s screen onto Impossible’s Polaroid™-format instant film via a photographic process – mirroring the traditional darkroom environment. Just load the camera with your film, download or update the Impossible Project App and you’re ready to go!
The Instant Lab Universal is designed to work with the latest high-definition smartphones and tablets on the market today using the updated Impossible Project App, available free for iOS and now Android. The App guides you through the process of using the Instant Lab Universal step-by-step. Crop and edit your image in advance and set exposure times according to your film of choice. When you’re ready, place your device on the new cradle, expose your image to the film, eject the photo and then watch it develop in the palm of your hand.
If you want to share your analog creations online, the App also features a scanner so you can transfer the moment back onto any device with ease.
Your favorite digital images are too good to stay trapped behind a screen. The Instant Lab Universal creates real photos you can hold from the pixels on your smartphone or tablet. Every photo you create is one of a kind because the film we make uses chemical ingredients that change and respond to temperature and light. As the picture emerges, you’re watching one of the most complex chemical reactions known to man. It looks like magic, but really it’s just good chemistry.
The Instant Lab Universal works with Impossible B&W and Color film for Polaroid™ 600 and SX-70 cameras. This also includes our limited Special Editions with round, colored or patterned frames, our artistic black frame films as well as classic Polaroid™-format white.
Once your photo has fully developed, there’s lots of techniques and tricks for you to explore. Before you eject your photo, you can expose your image as many times as you want to create beautiful dream-like images. You can even transfer the ejected photo’s emulsion layer onto another surface or create wall-sized collages. The choice is yours, the only limit is your imagination!