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Transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs that you can touch, caress and share with friends.
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.

That was Instant Lab at Photokina 2012

The Instant Lab made it's second live - and extended - appearance at Photokina last week and our booth was practically mobbed every day with curious onlookers and fans ready to walk away with a photo produced by our working prototype.

The press was especially wonderful.  For example, the corners of our mouth undoubtedly turned upwards when we read this about the Instant Lab:

“It’s easily the coolest thing we’ve yet seen at Photokina thus far.”

Among thousand of others, the dear people of engadget visited us in Cologne at Photokina 2012 - the world’s biggest trade fair for the photographic and imaging industries. Impossible America’s vice president Dave Bias gave them a live demo of the Instant Lab, proving that our concept is working and simply magic. You can read their review and also watch their video here >>

Also MIchael Zhang of PetaPixel reported from our appearance at Photokina, saying that “It’s a pretty interesting gizmo.” and that “The whole process is quite simple, easy to do, and fast”. More from Michael here >>

Our very good friends from also visited us and marvelled at Dave Bias and the working Instant Lab >> (that's their photo above)

The Instant Lab appeared in The Spiegel, next to news of Fuji, Hasselblad and Nikon, saying that “Impossible photos look much more like good old Polaroid photos than the Fuji Instax.” Read all about it here >> 

And more:
German TV broadcast ZDF Hyperland
Best Tech Guidance
Tech and Gadgets Review

Photokina 2012 was exciting and exhausting. But we're moving forward rapidly with production of the Instant Lab. There will be several more updates over the next few days as we near our $500,000 "Double It" goal.

The Impossible Team


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      jill bailey on September 26, 2012

      Okay Nate. Thanks. That's good news. I am sorry I missed it earlier.

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      Patrick Winfield on September 26, 2012

      "The Dark Side" of Dave Bias :) Rad.

    3. Nate Matos on September 26, 2012

      Phillipe and Jill,

      The Impossible Project has stated many times before that it WILL be compatible with the iPhone 5.

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      KRIS on September 26, 2012

      @kittisiri - Thanks! :)

    5. kittisiri on September 26, 2012

      @Kris Hinh
      It might be Impossible's new color shade film.
      (as you can see here

      This formula takes much longer time to develop, around 30 minutes. But comes with better protection from light in very first second, so you don't have to quickly shield the film when it comes out. That's why you see it in blue.

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      jill bailey on September 26, 2012

      Is this going to work with the iPhone 5? I had a 4 when I became a backer and now I am concerned that it won't work for both!

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      Anachronikal on September 26, 2012

      It's a fantastic project and I am looking forward getting my hands on the product and to use it.

      But I have an important question and I am sure that other people that like me have ordered it will have the same :

      Have you though about the iPhone 5 compatibility ?!

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      KRIS on September 26, 2012

      Just curious. None of those reviewers such as "Engadget, PetaPixel" showed the final results of their prints in their video. I also notice that in their video, the print process begins in blue. Are the films still in the beta testing stage? or has the film quality already been finalized? thanks!