Everyone who clicks photos is a photography lover – would love the idea of instant camera. Except that the film gets expensive and the printers are sometimes of terrible quality.
Well, there is solution to this. Introducing Alulu Camera, which prints black and white instantly on receipt paper!
To be clear, we’re talking black and white, not shades of grey. The printer inside the camera is a standard receipt printer; which uses heat-activated ink that’s either transparent or black and nothing in between. You feed paper in via a little chamber on the bottom.
Thankfully creating the appearance of shading in 1-bit imagery is old hat for computer graphics; also an algorithm dithers and tweaks the picture; so that more or fewer dots in various patterns create the illusion of a wider palette.
The Alulu camera Idea –
Named after the author of the world’s first recorded receipt, the Alulu Camera is a fun instant film camera that uses thermal paper or receipts as film paper, making film photography environmental, affordable, carefree, and open to your creativity.
Basically, Alulu is an idea incubated by three friends as they left college, each heading their separate directions; but looking to take a shot at making this cool gadget a reality before doing so. Right now it only exists in prototype form (they only thought it up in May); but it works more or less as intended, and it’s as silly as well as fun.
The camera is a little box about the size of a fat point-and-shoot; with charming little dials on the top to select exposure mode or a 10-second timer if you want it; and a shutter button that’s hard to miss. On the side is the charge port and a button to advance the paper. And the back has a little frame that flips out and helps you set up your shot; very loosely, I hardly need add.
Inside the 3D-printed, acrylic-plated exterior, the guts of the camera are simple. An off-the-shelf camera stack that does all the hard work of actually taking a picture; but don’t worry about the megapixels, because they don’t matter here. The camera sends its signal to a custom board that prepares and optimizes the image for black-and-white printing.
The following is the company’s Project Timeline –
May 2019: Initial Idea Formation and prototyping
June 2019: Development and prototyping continues
July 2019: Kickstarter launch!
August 2019 – Jan 2020: Modify camera design for mass manufacturing
Feb 2020: Finalize camera design for mass manufacturing and begin manufacturing samples
June 2020: Begin manufacturing first batch
December 2020: Launch Alulu Camera
#1 Instantly prints the photos you take on receipt paper and does not require any ink!
The Alulu Camera prints your photos instantly onto your choice of a new blank roll of thermal (receipt) paper OR your old receipts. It’ll cost you next to nothing!
#2 Reuses all those receipts building up in your wallet and in the landfills!
All those receipts you receive from retail, restaurants, etc. are NOT recyclable. Now, you can reuse receipts as film in the Alulu Camera! Your receipt + your photo on top = the perfect memorabilia.
#3 Is the perfect little gadget to express your creativity!
Without the pressure to perfect each expensive photograph using traditional film cameras, you are free to create and experiment like never before.
Rewind the thermal paper after your first print to create a double exposure; Annotate your photos with as much facial hair as you can imagine; Pull on the photo to create divides; The possibilities are endless.
#4 Is the perfect “receipt” of your memories!
Remember that trip to the coffee shop with an old friend or that wild concert by printing a photo on your receipt; create a receipt of your experience.
Stick the photos in your scrapbook or bullet journal; create collages; share them with friends; display in your wallet; hang a scroll in your room; make a scarf; it’s up to you!
#5 Is an environmentally conscious way to create photos without animal products
Traditional film is not vegan and contains traces of animal product(s). For our vegans and/or consumption-aware friends, the thermal paper used by the Alulu Camera does not contain animal products! The Alulu Camera does not even require any ink to create your photos!
#6 Creates a lo-fi stippled photograph
A unique algorithm is used to create an optimized grey-scale image created by thousands of little dots. The Alulu Camera does not use ink. Instead, the dots are created as the paper reacts with the heating of the printer head. The result is a lo-fi stippled instant film photograph.
#7 Manual lighting settings to create the best photo in any environment
The Alulu Camera has four lighting settings to take the best photo in any environment: sunny, cloudy, indoor, and flash. The flash option illuminates your surroundings when taking photos in a dark environment.
#8 A self timer for group photos
Get everybody in the photo! A self timer option gives you 10 seconds after you press the button to position and capture a great photograph of everybody.
#9 An acrylic frame viewfinder to help you frame your subject!
The acrylic frame viewfinder swings out from the back to help you frame your photographic subject and scenes.
#10 Recharge with a micro USB cable!
The Alulu Receipt Camera is easy to recharge by the micro USB port on the side of the camera.