Polaroid iPhone Dock Concept Instantly Prints Photos

Japanese designer Mac Funamizu once asked, “I wish there were an iPhone dock that instantly prints out the photo you take.” Don't we all, but Funamizu isn't one to leave a question just hanging out there – and he answers this one by whipping up a neat  little something he calls the Polaroid iPhone Dock Concept.

Now don't get too excited, it's only a concept. Should this ultracool device become reality some say it's sure to have a different name: Polaroid Corporation made their last instant photo printing camera in 2007 and they stopped producing film for existing models in 2009, but you can be sure the company's lawyers remain vigilant about protecting the still valuable corporate brand. Ditto for Apple Inc., whose legal beagles almost instantly put the kibosh on M.I.C. Gadget's amazing Steve Jobs action figure.

Would the concept of an instant photo printing Apple iPhone have mass market appeal? I'd have to say it's doubtful at best. How many members of the “iPhone Generation” can even remember printed photos, anyway? While an impressive design exercise, the Polaroid iPhone Dock Concept would likely have niche market appeal and a correspondingly high sticker price. 

Mac Funamizu (left) doesn't have much to say about the innovative engineering that would make his Polaroid iPhone Dock Concept a reality, either.

He does offer one juicy tidbit, however, stating “If you upload the photo to a website, you can add an QR code for the url on the back. For a geo-tagged photo, you can also include the map to show where the photo was taken. Yes, I’m one of those people who still relish the feel (and smell) of photos.” Not that there's anything wrong with that. (via Yanko Design, Mac Funamizu image via Design Tavern)