Polaroid Cacher Camera
New York University students Adrià Navarro and Dong-Ik Shin have prototyped a camera that connects to computers and captures snapshots of memorable online interactions. The camera – a repurposed Polaroid Land Camera – then prints out the screenshots, creating “analogue memories of our digital lives”.
“Most [online] experiences will soon be forgotten, lost under layers of information, databases and outdated services,” Navarro argues. Physical photos provide souvenirs for events and can preserve fleeting moments of online life as “tangible, durable mementos”.
The enduring consumer interest in printed photos is largely driven by nostalgia, alongside a growing desire to self-document – a phenomenon explored in Stylus’ Affirmation of Life report and shown in products such as the wearable Autographer camera.