Retro Tech Trend – Insta Photos

I was in a store with my nephews a few holidays ago Christmas when one of them pointed to a Polaroid camera and asked me what it was.  After painfully realizing that I’m now an old person who gets to use the phrase, “back in my day,” I explained that it was a camera that gave you instant prints.  His response: “Who would want that?  That’s what cell phones are for, Auntie Heather.”

 

Well, it turns out, that a lot of people are starting to hanker for the days of the old Polaroid cameras.  Ironically, a device developed by Baby Boomers syncs with the instant gratification desires of Generations Y and Z.  There is just something undeniably cool about the way those cameras would take the pictures and spit them out, and the sound that my Grandfather’s camera made while doing so is etched in my brain for all time.

The SocialMatic Camera (Photo from ABC News)

The SocialMatic Camera (Photo from ABC News)

 

Enter the Polaroid Socialmatic Camera –  That’s right, kids…an instant camera that looks like the popular camera and picture sharing app, Instagram which is likely on your smart phone currently.  This is all just a little too “meta” for me.  According to some of the specs on online, it will have 16GB of storage, both WiFi and Bluetooth, a touch screen, and will run two lenses.  It will also house an internal printer in the camera to spit out your photos if you so choose.  Polaroid has said that the Socialmatic should hit stores by early 2014, but no one knows for sure at this time and the projected cost for this nifty little gadget is speculated to be around $300.  What is certain is that this is one adorable piece of technology where the cute factor outweighs the practicality factor, but the conversation starting factor alone might be enough of a reason to include one of these in your model plans for the upcoming year.