IMPOSSIBLE – I1 Instant Camera

Product Brief:

Late in 2008 The Impossible Project took over part of the last Polaroid integral instant film manufacturing plant and reinvented a totally new instant film for traditional Polaroid cameras.

They maintained a camera supply for the new film by refurbishing old Polaroid cameras purchased from various sources around the world. Late in 2014 they approached Wideblue and asked them to help with the design of a new Impossible instant film camera for the digital age.

Our Approach:

Wideblue undertook all mechanical, optical, electronics and software design to create a fully engineered camera for high volume Far East production. The camera comprises:

  • Scanning aperture shutter with five zone taking optics
  • Two position taking button and three position rotary dial
  • Auto exposure and multi zone IR ranging system
  • Removable pop up retro style viewfinder
  • Colour corrected LED flash ring with additional unique user interface
  • Bluetooth to smart phone hardware interface

Solution:

Working with the Impossible, Wideblue transferred the design to a manufacturer in Asia. Wideblue supported the manufacturing start up and subsequent early production runs. The camera went on general sale in 2016 and was the first new camera for the orignal Polaroid format in over 20 years.