Robert Macauley wants to make photographs special again - by printing them. He's one of the heads behind the LifePrint Kickstarter project that is aiming to build a portable wireless printer that is controlled via an iOS or Android app.
The LifePrint team is looking to secure $200,000 of funding to build a printer that will be capable of printing a 3x4" photo in approximately 30 seconds. Via the LifePrint app you can send an image to the printer right after you have captured it so it will be waiting for you when you get home. You can also take the printer with you to events or on a trip. Its small dimensions make it portable and the built-in battery means you don't have to be near a power supply to use it. Fully charged, the battery is good for 30 prints.
LifePrint also adds a social element to mobile printing. In the LifePrint app you can follow other users, just like on Instagram or other social networks and those users can then send images to your printer. According to LifePrint this is not only a great way for family members to stay in touch but also for brands and celebrities to connect with their fans. Followers will be able to reject unwanted prints, which is probably a good idea given a print will cost you $.65.
If the funding campaign is successful we might find out if users are willing to spend their cash on prints again. In the meantime you can learn more about the project, or even pledge, on the LifePrint Kickstarter page.
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