Lifeprint 3x4.5 Hyper­photo Prin­ter

Makes photo prints come to life, thanks to a lit­tle AR

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Kenny Hem­phill

$149.99 From Lifeprint, lifeprint­pho­ Needs iOS 9.0 or later The Lifeprint con­cept is an in­trigu­ing one. Rather than just wire­lessly print photos from your iPhone, Lifeprint en­ables you to bring them to life. To do that, choose a live photo, video, GIF or other an­i­mated for­mat and print it; then fire up the Lifeprint app and hold your phone’s cam­era over the printed image. As if by magic, it plays the live photo or video within the frame of the print.

It’s a clever idea, but whether it’s more than a nov­elty is another mat­ter.

Lifeprint has another fea­ture that takes it be­yond be­ing just a cu­rio, how­ever. Friends who both have Lifeprint print­ers can send photos to each other and print them on their own ma­chines. In fact, Lifeprint has its own so­cial shar­ing ser­vice where, if you choose to, you can share im­ages pub­licly. When you share a photo and your friend launches the Lifeprint app, the image ap­pears in their print queue in­box. When they print it and hold their phone over it, it comes to life.

The Lifeprint prin­ter was easy to set up and con­nect to Blue­tooth and Wi-Fi, once we had down­loaded the app. Choos­ing a Live Photo to print was more dif­fi­cult; our first at­tempts re­sulted in an er­ror mes­sage say­ing Lifeprint couldn’t ac­cess them. When we did an image that would print, it got stuck be­tween the print queue and the prin­ter. The next at­tempt worked, and af­ter a cou­ple of min­utes we had our print.

The re­sult looked like an old Po­laroid — col­ors were washed out and de­tail lack­ing. Sub­se­quent prints were the same. How­ever, the point of the print is the way the app brings it to life, and that it did in some style.

the bot­tom line. Lifeprint’s prin­ter is easy to use and the in-app results are im­pres­sive, the prints less so.

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