If you want to instantly print all of the photos of meals, leaves, cats, and feet that you take, but there’s no Polaroid Fotobar near you, don’t fret. The company that now owns the Polaroid name makes instant-printing cameras, one of which resembles the actual Polaroid instant cameras of old, and will cost you only $250. Too steep?
You might not be able to buy Polaroid film easily anymore, but the company is planning a comeback by way of all those photos of food, feet, pretty clouds and of course, cats that you take and store on your smartphone. Because the world should — nay, must! — see a visible display of your smartphone photo skills, Polaroid is launching a bunch of Fotobars so you can edit and print your mobile works of art. [More]
If you’ve been hoarding packs of expired Polaroid film while waiting, not very patiently, for the day when you could once more buy new versions, it’s time to open the fridge. The Impossible Project, the team of diehard instant-film lovers that vowed to bring the format back to life, starts selling new film today.
A few weeks ago, Kaleb wrote to us with a tale of television woe. The Polaroid TV he purchased at Walmart on Black Friday 2008 simply died, and Polaroid wouldn’t perform warranty service without his receipt. All was lost, until a Walmart manager went above and beyond to save Kaleb from his defective television.
”We’re trying to reinvent Polaroid so it lives on for the next 30 to 40 years,” Tom Beaudoin, Polaroid’s president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said in a phone interview Friday.
Reader Brendan’s TV decided to die right after the manufacturer’s warranty expired. He tried asking Polaroid to extend the warranty. (They wouldn’t.) He tried getting the TV repaired. (Too expensive.) Not knowing what else to do, he sent us a 1,000-ish-word-long complaint detailing the frustrations one could expect when dealing with Polaroid. (It was very well written.)
A few weeks ago we posted about how instead of throwing out broken gear, try mailing it back to the manufacturer with a nice note, and they may just very well send you a new one.