Prynt - It's More Than Just A Photo

Extraordinary Tech: Prynt Is More Than Just a Polaroid for Phones

Welcome to Extraordinary Tech 2018 Day 2. Join Buchanan, Joelle, Mike and myself on our adventures as we test out some of the best tech available in 2018. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we’ll be showcasing devices that came with us on a cross-country trip this summer, ranging from an outdoor speaker that will change the way you think of sound to a smartwatch that offers the best fitness features at an affordable price. Along the way, we’ll be hosting giveaways of some of the tech featured in this series, so stay tuned! 

The whir of the machine as it was printing out our pictures was the most satisfying sound. In seconds, we were holding a fully developed photo of Joelle, smiling candidly in a local café.


It was cute. It was adorkable. But it wasn’t enough.

The excitement of printable photos wears down really quickly. Too many pictures and we’re stuck with a bunch of developed photos with no place to put them as we wander around Napa. Too few and it would be wasted potential. After all, why would you carry around a compact Instant Camera not to take pictures?

It wasn’t until the wine mixing that we unlocked the full potential of Prynt. See, Prynt isn’t just a small and compact Polaroid replacement; it’s an experience creator.

At the winery, we took photos of almost everything – the mixing, the tasting, the corking, the laughing with a glass of wine in hand. So when it came to labeling our own wine creations, we decided to capture the entire experience in a Prynt photo of us corking our wine bottles.

It was on these wine bottles that the features of Prynt really excelled. The adhesive phot gave those otherwise impersonal bottles a bit of our personality. The underutilized AR feature allowed for video playback of the moment, turning a static image into a short video. We laughed watching our disbelieving looks when we had to put all our strength behind the corking machine only to realize just how easy it was.

In those seemingly static images was our entire wine mixing experience. From the reactions of Mike and Buchanan as they tried out mixtures that left an unpleasant aftertaste to Joelle and me drinking a crisp apple cider, Prynt captured it all.

A regular Polaroid can’t capture the sights, sounds, and reactions over time like Prynt can. Even now, when I look at that wine bottle sitting on my kitchen counter, I replay all those moments in Napa. I’m there again, mixing my wine, trying excellent cheese off the charcuterie board, and blissfully absorbing the sights and smells of that local winery. That’s the hidden beauty of Prynt.

Bottom Line Is…

Polaroid and other instant cameras bring the feeling of immediacy to a photo shoot – in only a few moments, you have your developed photo. They are attractive as they are retro, a style adored by professional and casual photographers alike. But they are limited – they are literally all about the instant photo.

Prynt replicates that feeling with its own version of a Polaroid camera, but it’s more than just a photo. Prynt is about capturing the live experience and having it be infinitely shareable – through the physical photo, a sticker, or on social media.

The moments we found on Prynt are captured forever. Maybe these moments were meant to be lost in time, a small remnant of a time long past. But I’m glad they’re not. That while the wine may be emptied from the bottle, the smiles, laughs, and good times will never fade away.

The Extraordinary Tech series was produced in partnership with Xperi. We were not compensated by Prynt. It is available now at for $149.99.

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  1. Anon

    October 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    The company started a second Kickstarter and then went silent after telling backers they couldn’t finish and to wait another 8 months. CTO and other senior management left the company last year. The company stopped replying to customer support and the emails for the company just got disabled. Their prynt paper can’t be found anywhere and thoughts are they used their second venture to fund their first failure.

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