It seems as though there are a million and one ways to make an iPhone image look like a Polaroid picture online, so why not take it one step further and make the snap a true Polaroid? In the latest concept from The Impossible Project, the mobile photo lab Impossible Instant Lab, you can transform any digital picture trapped in your iPhone into a physical, Polaroid-style photograph.Similar to the science of the original Polaroid camera, images in the Impossible Instant Lab are exposed using only the light from the iPhone's display, then processed and developed by in-device chemicals into a physical photo. When used in conjunction with the Instant Lab app and photo base, you'll instantly develop your favorite mobile photos anywhere. Of course, a pack of Polaroid film (fit for the Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras, to be precise) is needed to make all this happen, but a purchase of the lab also comes with an Impossible Project film voucher.
An idea that began in the last operating Polaroid factory, the Impossible Project is still in the works on Kickstarter, but is set to unveil in February 2013. You can pre-order a camera now, starting at $189. Watch The Impossible Project's Instant Lab video to see all this instant photo gratification in action.