Smartphone cases are usually about protection, extra battery life and style. A startup called Prynt wants to inject a little more shareable fun into things with a smartphone case that prints photos in about 30 seconds. It also has the ability to instantly turn physical photos into videos. Prynt’s eponymous case slides onto your smartphone and plugs into the bottom of the device. Hold the phone horizontally and you’ll have a handgrip and trigger button on the right side of the Prynt case. Once you snap a photo, you can send it to the Prynt and wait for it to print.
The case’s direct connectivity with your smartphone means no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection is necessary. While the current prototype of the Prynt takes about 50 seconds to take a photo and print it out, the consumer-ready version will need fewer than 30 seconds to complete the process. It will also be able to hold 10-30 sheets of photo paper.
While this Polaroid camera-like functionality is certainly alluring, the more intriguing part of the Prynt case is an augmented reality feature baked into its camera app. As you take a photo with the Prynt’s camera app, it records a video of what your phone’s camera lens is pointed at leading up to the actual moment you snap a photo (e.g., your attempts to fix your hair before taking a selfie).
Once you print out the hard copy of the photo, anyone who points their Prynt case-equipped phone at it will see a play button overlaid in real time on the photo, which when tapped will play the video captured along with the photo within the borders of the photo itself, making it seem as if the picture was replaced by a video. It essentially turns a tangible photo into a portable video you can physically share with friends… see more