Step aside, Polaroid: Prynt is a phone case that prints your pics

Although digital photography has become mainly an online experience, there’s still a market for actual printed photos from a camera. That’s tricky to do without connecting to a printer, having network access and, of course, having enough ink in the printer, which never seems to happen in my house. Perhaps Prynt, an instant camera case for iPhone and Android, is the answer.

prynt phone case

We first saw Prynt at last November’s HAXLR8R event and the case that can print photos in 30 seconds is now looking for funding on Kickstarter. The project launched Tuesday morning and blew through its $50,000 goal in about half an hour.

Prynt isn’t just a small printer hiding in a phone case, though. There’s a bit of augmented reality in the product, which can snap a few seconds of video as well as still images: Scan a printed photo and you’ll see the video play back on your phone screen within what looks like the printed photo. Take a look to see how it works:

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Admittedly, you’re not going be printing images for framing; the snapshots are just 2 inches by 3 inches. But for fun little cards to put on a fridge, give to a friend or keep in an old-school scrapbook, Prynt seems up to the task. The case holds 10 piece of blank ZINK, or zero-ink paper, so if you’re a print-happy shutterbug, you’ll be refilling the tank quite a bit.

prynt galaxy

Prynt says its case supports the [company]Apple[/company] iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, and 6, plus the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5; this isn’t a universal phone case for [company]Google[/company] Android devices, and hopefully more Android phones will be supported in the future. What makes it difficult to work with a wider range of phones is that Prynt doesn’t use wireless technology to send photos from your phone to the mini-printer: It’s a hard connection that uses the phone’s power/data port such as microUSB or Lightning Port.

Although I’m not a big printed photo guy, I may back this for my stepdaughter. Last year she bought a small Polaroid camera with similar built-in printer and she has hundreds of little photos on paper. The downside to that product is that it’s generally a mediocre camera at best. She just upgraded to an iPhone 6 last week, which has a fantastic camera, and would love the Prynt. When Prynt is generally available it is expected to retail for $129 but there are still some early-bird deals available at time of writing.