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Transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs that you can touch, caress and share with friends.
2,509 backers pledged $559,232 to help bring this project to life.

Announcing the new Instant Lab Universal: the original Instant Lab, evolved.

Posted by The Impossible Project (Creator)

Dear Kickstarter Backers,

Over two years ago, you personally pledged towards a device that could instantly turn a digital image into a real photo you could hold. This was a small revolution in the world of photography. It meant less trips to a photo lab and no more storing pixels on a computer to then print out the thing later. Instead, you could have a real, tangible photo you could watch develop in the palm of your hand and share – really share, from one hand to another – with those you wanted.

That device was the Impossible Instant Lab, and it was a worldwide success.

We’re still grateful for the faith you placed in us, helping us reach over USD 500,000 and becoming one of the original success stories on Kickstarter. Now, after more than two years, we’re pleased to finally announce its successor.

The new Instant Lab Universal

The new Instant Lab Universal for iOS/Android smartphones and tablets is the 'new' Instant Lab. Released: Thursday, February 19.

The Instant Lab Universal is still the only way to turn digital images into the classic square-framed instant photos made famous by Polaroid™. But now, you can use it with Apple’s latest devices, including the iPad and iPhone 6, as well as the most popular Android smartphones and tablets.

Upgrade your Instant Lab

If you have an Instant Lab, you can easily and quickly upgrade to an Instant Lab Universal at home. Just purchase the Universal Cradle Upgrade Kit and replace the old cradle with the new Universal Cradle with the instructions and tools included.

For the first 8 weeks, available for just EUR 29 / USD 36 / GBP 21.50
Normal price: EUR 39 / USD 49 / GBP 29.50.

The new cradle uses three 'touch location' points. With the new, updated Impossible Project App for iOS and Android, the device then scales the image on the screen according to the points so you can take a photo of your device’s screen. After that, the process is exactly same as the original Instant Lab.

The Upgrade Kit is available from Thursday, February 19.

The Updated Impossible Project App

The Instant Lab Universal only works with the updated Impossible Project App, available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Remember to update your version.

Thank you once again for being one of our early adopters and a valued member of the international Impossible community.

Your Impossible Team

Raymond Leung, Rod Robinson, and 3 more people like this update.


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    1. Gabriel on

      Greatly appreciate hearing more feedback about how the universal adaptor works. That information should be published on the site, makes me a lot happier to hear those details.

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      Damon on

      Love the update for the product, but frustrating that on top of the cost for the extra part (which I understand) is an extra $30US shipping fee to Australia.

    3. The Impossible Project Creator on

      @Laurie: please contact our US Customer Service Desk at:

      @Gabriel: thank you for your feedback. The Universal Cradle is not merely a piece of cast plastic. In fact it took us far longer than originally expexted to get it from it's initial concept to the flawlessly working, finished product that is available now. The Universal Cradle contains amongst other high quality parts a weighty aluminium plate that is the center of the touch location concept.

    4. Eva Leung on

      Great! Finally something for an android phone. My patience have been rewarded. I have a OnePlus One phone, will that work too?

    5. Gabriel on

      I'm thrilled with the creative solution you're come up with for ensuring this is a one time change to get our instant labs compatible with any future phones, but I can't help feeling that even with the discount near $50 including shipping & tax seems pretty steep for a piece of cast plastic. Maybe the cradle production cost is a lot higher than I imagine?? Just felt the need to voice my opinion.

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      Adam Wirtzfeld on

      I have greatly enjoyed my Instant Lab, but I kept having to borrow people's iPhones. So excited that I can use my HTC One now!!! Thank you guys for doing the hard job of trying to make hardware that keeps up with new phone technology, hope it keeps going!

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      Laurie on

      SO INCEDIBLY FRUSTRATING THAT I NEVER RECIVED MY INSTANT LAB, AND NO EVER replied to my email inquiries and now you are trying to upsell me on a product I paid for but ebpveen have,.