Lifeprint 3x4.5 Hyperphoto Printer
Makes photo prints come to life, thanks to a little AR
$149.99 From Lifeprint, lifeprintphotos.com 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.