A group of product designers has created a new design for a thermal photo printer made from thermal paper. It’s inspired by 35mm film rolls. It’s called the “Kodak Memory”.
Yanko Design first spotted the design in a project led by Minsu Kim, Yeon Ju Do and Sunjin Baek, South Korean industrial designers.
Instead of using expensive ink or instant photos, the Kodak Memory uses inexpensive thermal paper. This is the same kind receipts are printed on. The cost of a roll of thermal paper is less than $50 so printing black-and-white photos by the printer would be very affordable.
MyFirst Camera Insta 2 is a thermal paper-based camera that is already available on the market. However, this camera was specifically designed for children.
The user loads a roll thermal paper into the Kodak Memory and then connects to their printer via a special app for their smartphone. The app allows users to share, download, and print photos from their smartphone.
To load new paper, press the “open” button at the top of the printer and lift the inner cartridge out.
You can recharge the printer by plugging it in to a power source using the USB connection.
According to the designers, they wanted the printing process with the printer look like a 35mm film strip being pulled from a roll.
It’s unlikely that we will ever see this 3rd-party design become a commercial product. Who knows, but Kodak has licensed its brand to everything from Android tablets and Bitcoin miners over the past few years. Maybe someone will license the design and Kodak’s brand name to make this printer idea a reality.