Polaroid Carries Its Iconic Past Forward at CES

Polaroid logoPolaroid is an iconic brand in consumer electronics. For years, the company’s name was synonymous with its instant-print cameras. But now that digital photography is the standard, what has Polaroid done to bring itself into the 21st century?

To answer that question, Scott talked to Joseph at the Polaroid Mobile booth. Joseph demonstrated two new Google-certified Android-based Polaroid phones. The first phone is the Polaroid Flip. The Flip comes with an 8-megapixel back-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It’s expected to retail for $179.99.

The second Polaroid Mobile phone is called the Selfie. This device uses an innovative “spinning” 13-megapixel camera that can be turned to use as a back or front-facing camera. The Selfie will go on sale for $199.

Both cameras will run Google-certified “stock” Android 5.0 and both cameras will be unlocked so they can be used with most international GSM carriers.

Interview by Scott of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the TechPodcast Network.

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Polaroid announces two Android tablets

Polaroid grabbed a lot of attention this week when it announced an Android camera, but the company did not stop there. It also unveiled two new Android tablets — both a 7 and 10 inch version.

The company chose to post no official press release, however press representative Melissa Hoistion referred me to the company’s web site. That resulted in no information, but Cnet reports that both devices are running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), while the M7 has a dual-core processor and M10 packs a quad-core processor. Both have a 2 MP front-facing camera and 8 GB of internal storage.

polaroid m7 m10

Not much more information is available at this time, but I have been promised a review unit, so stay tuned for more information to come in the near future.

Gimmick Cameras of CES

Most cameras are great if you want to take a picture straight ahead, but what happens when you need to take one at angle or maybe you want to take a self portrait. What do you do then, you can hold the camera out at the angle and hope you get the picture, or you can use the Casio EXilim TRYX. The Casio Exilim TRYX is different from other cameras because of its flexibility. The camera is attached to the frame by only the lens, the rest of the body can swing out to any angle you need it too. It has a 3″ LCD screen, a ultra-wide angle 12mm lens, a 12.1 CMOS sensor. It has a Slide Panorama Mode which captures a 360-degree image. Because the camera is flexible you can turn the lens toward you and be able to see your self in the LCD scene and take a great self portrait.

The camera can also be used as a video camera. You could use the frame as a handle and hang it off a door knob and use the motion-triggered self -time. It can do slow motion video captures up to speed of 240fps.

The second camera which is more interesting for how its made rather then the actual camera is the one that was introduced by Lady Gaga and made by Polaroid. The GL20 Camera Glasses have the camera inside the glass frame. You can take a picture of what you are seeing and then show the pictures on the frame directly to those you took a picture of. There is a usb key in the glasses so you can upload the pictures to a computer and share them online. This is a great gimmick camera, but really how often would you want to use something like this unless you are Lady Gaga, not very often I suspect. Although I don’t suspect the camera itself will be very popular, for Polaroid its already a hit, after all it got people talking about a Polaroid camera for the first time in a long time.

I don’t expect either of these cameras to be bigger sellers, but you never know. That is part of what makes CES fun, sometimes the least expect gadget becomes the hit Anything is possible.