Insert your "Paparazzi" jokes here; Lady Gaga has been announced as the new creative director for Polaroid. No, seriously, this is for real. It may be little more than an intellectual property these days, but the defunct brand sure...
This got the Tech Digest team thinking. What other great brands and products from the past are worth reviving? So here are five that we think ought to be given a second chance. We certainly aren't saying that you should ditch your Blu-ray for a Betamax, but given the right techy makeover these products could be very now.
Summit Global, the exclusive licensee of Polaroid imaging has announced the return of one of the most iconic camera brands.
Polaroid will once again manufacture a range of classic instant film products like the Polaroid "600" instant film, and also bring back a range of instant cameras to use them with, including the easy to use 'Polaroid One'.
As well as focusing on traditional analogue film, Polaroid will continue to develop its digital instant platforms, enhancing the revolutionary ZINK (zero-ink) technology used in the Polaroid POGO Instant Digital Printer. This allows users to print photos instantly from a mobile phone or digital camera.
One new product that is planned is the Polaroid "TWO", the digital version of the traditional instant camera as well as the Polaroid "THREE", an instant digital Camera that produces 4inch x 3inch instant digital photos.
Forget signing a Facebook petition to bring back the Cadbury's Wispa, which we all knew was a massive marketing stunt anyway. Make way for some real fans... those who loved the old Polaroid cameras so much that they decided to buy the factory and equipment with the aim of producing authentic film for the iconic cameras.
Though "The Impossible Project" -- a group of Netherlanders -- aims to "develop a new product with new characteristics, consisting of new optimised components, produced with a streamlined modern setup" the group will also be bringing back "analog INTEGRAL FILM for vintage Polaroid cameras" next year...
I was having a discussion with my girlfriend the other day about Polaroid Camera. She's a big fan, but I always thought they represented the worst of both worlds between analogue and digital. Still, some people adore them, and if you're one of them, then this product, straight out of Japan from toy company Tomy, might excite you.
At its core, it's essentially just a camera with a printer strapped on. That might not sound particularly impressive, but it replicates exactly what the old Polaroid cameras used to do. The camera is a five megapixel jobby, and has infrared so that mobile phones can send their pics to the camera for printing purposes.
'Click - Snap - Phizzzzzzz.. Plunk. Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap..'
All the sounds of the late great Polaroid Instamatic Camera.. Ahh, how we loved thee.
Not enough to keep buying you perhaps.. but, ahh.. how we loved you all the same.
Yes, the world suffered a great loss in the tragic demise of the Polaroid camera. We mourned it's passing. We searched on ebay to pick up a straggler. Well, i did. But just when hope was lost, when days were at their darkest.. like a little photographic version of the messiah - the saviour rose again. Indeed, what was once lost is now found, and news that the unique little camera is making it's way back to the shelves is surely the delight of many a consumer. But things are different this time around, this time it's wearing a brand new set of 21st Century techno-togs, all like, digitalised and shiny and stuff. A veritable Jesus in a nanotube toga.
Polaroid isn't exactly renowned for its PMPs, but this 60GB MPU-43315 player looks set to give Archos a run for its money. Maybe.
With specs including a 4.3" LCD screen, a lithium ion battery that'll give you four hours of video playback and 16 of audio, plus the old favourites like WMV, MPEG4, MP3, WMA and WAV playback. There's apparently...