Instant camera case Prynt prints photos with augmented reality videos

With everyone sharing so many photos on social networks, printing them out imbues them with a value beyond their content. Prynt lets you do that - and not just for stills.

Prynt is a smartphone case with a built-in photo printer, spitting out mini snapshots you can hold in your hand, but that’s not all. As you and your friends pose for photos, the Prynt app records a six-second video linked to that photo and stores it in the cloud. Then when you point another smartphone at the printed photo, it scans the image like a QR code and plays back the video via augmented reality, making it look like the photo is coming alive on your screen.

Thanks to adapters, the Prynt case fits the iPhone 6s, 6, 5s, 5c, and 5 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4. In addition to on-the-spot shooting, it also lets you print existing photos from your social media accounts or Camera Roll. To print an existing photo, the app will also record a video, and offers in-app editing with filters and frames. Photos take about 30 seconds to print.

The video only lives inside the physical photo. It cannot be saved and uploaded to Instagram or anywhere else, in order to preserve its uniqueness and connection with the original paper shot.

The unit needs no batteries or ink. Prynt’s 500mAh lithium-ion battery is charged via USB and images are printed using thermal technology on paper with embedded ink. The case holds 10 sheets and refills are available via the app, where a 50-pack costs $25 (around £17).

Prynt comes in white or black and is available today in the UK, Europe and US for $149 (around £100)

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