Mega-retro Jollylook Eye converts digital photos to instant prints
Six years ago, Ukrainian startup Jollylook brought us a very retro-looking analog camera that produced instant-print photographs. The company is back again with the similarly old-school Eye, that converts digital photos into instant prints.
Looking a bit like something out of an old-time carnival sideshow, the Jollylook Eye features a body made of wood fiber panels accented with plant-based paint. The device is entirely mechanical, so it doesn't require a power source of any kind.
Users start by opening its rear cover, inserting a cassette of Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, then closing the cover and selecting a photo on their smartphone. Next, they place the Eye (and its lens) over the phone's screen, adjust the image size on the phone so that it fills the Eye's viewfinder window, then snap the Eye's shutter release lever.
From there, it's just a matter of turning a crank on the Eye to roll out the 62 by 46-mm print, then waiting 30 seconds for that print to develop. It's even possible to do multi-exposure prints, by photographing two or more digital photos before cranking out the film.
Jollylook has moved its operations to Slovakia, where it's now offering the Eye to buyers via a Kickstarter campaign. Assuming everything works out, a pledge of US$49 will get you one – the planned retail price is $89.
You can see the device in use, in the video below. And if you're looking for something a little more modern (but also more expensive) check out the Polaroid Lab Instant Printer.