Prynt, a French hardware start-up company, built a portable printer for our smartphones to make quick physical copies of our selfies.
The company has been working on the project for almost 11 months already. They’ve said that most of those were spent in tweaking the design and sourcing parts in Shenzen.
Basically, what the case does is it sends a photo to the case over Bluetooth and then prints it by heating paper filled with ink. In short, it will turn your smartphone into something like a Polaroid camera.
The current prototype is taking up to 50 seconds to process a photo into a printed paper. It’s also limited to one piece of paper at this time. The good news is the final consumer product will be vastly improved and can load up to 10-30 sheets of paper and will take less than 30 seconds to print because of better integration and design.
According to Clément Perrot, Prynt’s CEO, the case will be available for $99 next year via Kickstarter and will support flagship smartphones with ~4.x-inch screen sizes. They are currently making a mount that will support larger smartphones like the Galaxy Note 4.