A Polaroid-style Instagram camera that will allow users to apply filters to happy snaps, and print them out on the spot, should be available early next year. With a built-in Zinc printer similar to a Polaroid camera and an 11 centimetre touchscreen, the Instagram cam will resemble the social media tool’s app icon. It will be able to snap photos, apply filters and print pictures, as well as upload them to Instagram and Facebook apps via WiFi and Bluetooth. Developer Socialmatic hopes to launch the device in the first quarter of 2014, having already announced a non-binding branding deal with Polaroid. What other successful apps could be turned into physical products like the Instagram camera?
It’s fair to say Instagram has dominated news headlines this week, after being acquired by Facebook for an astounding $US1 billion.
Photo-sharing app Instagram is hoping to raise a new round of funding worth about $40 million, which will value the start-up at close to $500 million, after surpassing 27 million registered users.