Lomography took to Kickstarter to crowdfund $50,000 for its smartphone film scammer. Apparently, its goal was far too modest.
The company has already raised more than double its original goal with nearly three weeks left to go. So far 1,561 people have pledged a combined $112,000 toward the scanner, which offers users an “insanely simple way to scan, edit, print and share all your 35mm films.”
“Many of us still shoot analog photos or have heaps of 35mm film lying around at home,” writes the company. “Maybe you have a collection of funny photos from when you were young or even funnier photos of your parents when they were young. Wouldn’t it be great if you could share all those old memories in an instant? We’ve developed the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner for this very reason.”
Here’s how it works:
Simply turn on the Smartphone Film Scanner back-light, insert your film, take a photo of it using your Smartphone and use the included App (iPhone and Android versions available) to edit and share. In an instant, you’ll end up with a digital version of your film which can be archived, emailed, posted on social media sites or printed.
Lomography says that the scanner offers “unrivaled speed and convenience when compared to other film scanners.” It will work with a free integrated app (Android and iOS) that allows users to edit and share their scans.
The company estimates that the first shipment of the Smartphone Film Scanner and the app will be ready by March, but we all know how often Kickstarter projects miss their own deadlines. However, Lomography appears prepared for this: it admits on the campaign page that “the app development may take slightly longer than we estimate due to unforeseen problems.”