In 1948, Polaroid introduced on-the-spot photo printing with the Land Camera. It continued making instant film until this year, when a successor emerged in the PoGo, a full-color, pocket-sized printer for digital cameras based on an idea that Polaroid's founder, Edwin Land, had 30 years ago.
Land challenged his researchers, including a recent MIT grad named Stephen Herchen, to make color printers smaller by eliminating the need for liquid ink. Over the years, they explored technologies such as the heat-activated dyes used in fax machines and clear chemicals that produce color when mixed. Every method took too long or produced prints with low image quality or longevity.
The breakthrough finally came in 2000, when Polaroid developed a dye that's clear in its solid, crystalline form but turns permanently colored when the crystals melt and change shape. Because different-colored crystals have their own melting points, it's possible to create a full-color image with one pass of a printhead that applies precise, pinpoint doses of heat. Polaroid was developing a consumer product with this technology when it went bankrupt in 2001 and became simply a brand name for budget electronic products.
In 2005, a group of former Polaroid employees formed Zink (short for "zero ink") Imaging, with Herchen as chief technology officer. They converted a Konica Minolta paper factory to make paper embedded with the heat-activated dyes and recruited Alps Electric to build the printer. Zink is licensing the technology so companies can build printers directly into devices such as digital cameras. But the first partnership is with its old parent company to make the Polaroid-branded PoGo, which turns out richly colored 2-by-3-inch photos. $150; polaroid.com
Wow, this device will save me lot of time while developing my photos.
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This product looks quite good and the video demonstration is very helpful. However, as this was released in 2008 I would be interested to know how successful this has been on the market. The zinc paper is the key to the printing process. I am also informed that this machine comes in many colors, which is positive for the fashion conscious There are many websites devoted to the PoGo with tips and stockists.
Although the machine is reasonably priced, the paper is relatively expensive, as one would expect.
I suggest that there is still a strong market for ink jet printing with Printer Cartridges, though the market is reducing and these businesses, that built their customer base from ink printers, will need to reinvent and factor in the transition for non ink based products, if they are to remain viable.