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Whatever Happened To???

Whatever Happened To....?
by Gary Woods

When I was a kid the coolest device around was a Polaroid Camera. This little beauty could take pictures then quickly spit them out. You sat there and watched them develop and amazingly very soon there in your hand was a photo of the scene you just captured. You had to rub the picture with this gloppy stuff to keep the picture from fading but there right before you was the photo in all its instantaneous glory.

So, whatever happened to Polaroid? Well, they've come up with a new product called PoGo that produces 2 by 3 inch borderless photos with a peel-off layer covering a sticky back. This little printer uses a technique called ZINK (Zero Ink) which embeds clear dye crystals underneath a clear polymer overcoat and uses heat to activate color in the crystals.

To get the pictures out of your camera you can use PictBridge which is a system that allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer without having to connect the camera to a computer. PictBridge produces a photo in about a minute or if your camera is equipped with wireless Bluetooth that protocol will take about 2 minutes to print a picture.

PoGo can produce about 15 pictures on a full charge and the photos cost about 33 cents each. The printer retails for $150 and for more on PoGo you can go to the Polaroid website at:

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc