Polaroid has announced a new device they're bringing to the world of mobile and digital photography at CES 2015, the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer which will allow consumers to print any digital image no matter where they are as long as they have this handy portable printer at their side. See a cool photo you just need to take with your smartphone so you can share it to Facebook or any other social feed, but want a print copy too? Polaroid has you covered with Zip mobile printer. Earlier towards the end of 2014 Polaroid introduced a social focused camera called the Socialmatic, which had the ability to not only make prints of digital photos, but upload the images you took to social networks. It was more or less a digital revamp of their popular Polaroid but with WiFi capability for the uploads.
This printer allows users to print images taken with other mobile smartphones and tablets, running on either the iOS or Android platform. Since you can print any digital image taken with a phone running on those two mobile platforms, you can have quick and easy access to physical print shots that you can hand out to family who may still be in love with the traditional photo format. The prints will be in color and a 2 x 3 size, so they'll be plenty big enough but not overwhelmingly huge.
What's perhaps the most impressive, at least from our point of view is that the Zip mobile printer is being touted by Polaroid as pocket size, and should be about the size of most smartphones, so fitting it inside of your pocket or purse, should be no problem which will probably be a big selling point for most customers who are considering this. Management of photo printing is handled through the companion app which you'll be able to grab on the Play Store, and it connects to your device via Bluetooth or NFC for easy pairing. The app also gives users a wide range of different filters and effects to apply to digital images like HDR, retro, sepia, and more. There's even a collage mode that allows for mashing together 9 digital images into a single print, and an option for making certain images more private via the secret view mode. Polaroid has the Zip mobile printer on display at CES 2015, but consumers will be able to buy their very own unit beginning this coming Spring for $129.99.