Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

By: on January 16, 2013
Check It Out

Strapping young buck that I am, I had to look up what 35mm film is when I heard all the ruckus about this Lomography Film Scanner that transfers photos from 35mm negatives to smartphones. Apparently 35mm film is an ancient medium for recording pictures that people much, much older than I may still have lying around their house. And unlike other back-lit photo scanners, Lomography's device allows for inputting, editing, sharing, and printing this film stuff directly to/from any iPhone and many Android smartphones.

Those shots from your 21st birthday or teenage fat years you thought could never go viral because you so thankfully just missed the digital revolution? Haha, suckers, Lomography says, think again.

Fine, that's what I say. Lomography focuses on the faithful service Smartphone Film Scanners provide to those with non-evil intentions. Old photos of grandparents, parents, children, holidays, family reunions--anything on a 35mm strip of translucent brown film is a candidate for easy transferral to a mobile device. To use, install the (included) Lomoscanner App and slide a smartphone into the Scanner's bracket. Turn on the Scanner's back-light, insert film, use the App to snap a photo with the phone's camera, and fini. A digital version of the film content has been created for archiving, emailing, social media posting, or printing. The Lomoscanner App will ultimately also allow users to stitch together scans into seamless panoramas and animate 35mm analogue movies shot using the Lomography LomoKino camera.

Though running as a Kickstarter project through February 4, 2013, enthusiastic backer support has already deemed the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner a go. Early birds can get their hands on one for a $50 pledge, though a limited number are available at this level, and the price increases to $60 once capacity is reached. Higher pledges come with additional Lomography goodies, namely various types of company-made 35mm cameras. Anticipated Scanner delivery date is March 2013.

A company of analog photography enthusiasts known for developing their own cameras, films, and accessories, Lomography has been in business for 20 years now. Solid track record = good news for those concerned about supporting a(nother) potentially defunct Kickstarter campaign.

November 2013 Update: the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner exceeded its crowdfunding goal and is now available for direct purchase through the company's website--follow the link below.

Buy Now

Rocket Air Blaster

$11.16 from Amazon »

At first I was excited about the Rocket Air Blaster because I thought it was an updated version of the Stomp Rocket. Or maybe a handheld Stomp Rocket that shot its red lipstick right into my friend Cornelius' earhole...

Buy Now

A Die Hard Christmas

$13.26 from Amazon »

Yippee Ki Yay! A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic is going to be on every kid's man's gift list this year. (Kids probably won't want it. They'll think the John McClane brand of killing and violence...

Check it out

Shonin Streamcam Wearable Personal Security Camera

$169 - $259 from Shonin »

Who wants their very own cloud-connected bodycam? The Shonin Streamcam is a forthcoming wearable personal security camera that records goings-on in hi-res video and, via WiFi or cellular SIM, saves it directly to the...

Buy Now

Mini CCTV Screw Camera

Sold Out from Amazon »

It's a screw cam! No, not that kind...well. What you use it for is up to you, I guess. But I'm calling it a screw cam because this miniature CCTV camera looks like the piece of hardware--a simple screw just minding its...

Check it out

Pocketcopter - World's Smallest Flying Camera

$115 from indiegogo »

One way to take rad photos at unique angles is to climb on furniture and scale trees and hang from power lines. That's what Thomas, Mike, and Ricardo used to do. Until they broke one too many lamps and bones, at which...

Check it out

Chucky Bath Bomb

I know this Chucky Bath Bomb looks spherical, but take caution while using it. I can almost guarantee you there are some pointy edges hiding in there somewhere....

Check it out

ShapeScale 3D Body Scanner

$299 - $499 from ShapeScale »

ShapeScale says its 3D body scanner and fitness tracker is "like a magic mirror that allows you to time travel. See your present and past self from any angle." Hmmm, "magic mirror," huh? Something tells me my relationship...

Check it out

Life-Size Alien Head

$1,799.99 from Sideshow Collectibles »

When the staff at the H.R. Giger Museum in Switzerland saw this life-size replica head of the monstrous Alien their namesake created you could literally see the pride and joy bursting from their chests. (Good luck to...

Buy Now

Podo Stick & Shoot Camera

$69 from Amazon »

Folders, multi-tools, and titanium toothpicks as EDC? Nah, the Podo Stick & Shoot Camera will get more daily use than all of those combined. Taking selfies, filming cat videos, and recording the shenanigans of airline...

Check it out

$100 3D Printer


July 2016 Update: I received the following email from a Dude reader this week: "Hey, just a heads up, I just checked their page and the inventor says that the business partner stole people's money whom invested in this...

Check it out

Nixie Flying Wearable Camera

By: Nixie »

The Nixie may be a ways from reality--and your wrist--but its live demo debut at CES 2016 proves it's a lot more than a few mockup drawings and some dude's dream (or, in this case, a dude and a dudette). The wearable...

Check it out

Belfie Butt Selfie Stick

By: Belfie »

If you (ladies) are going to take inordinate numbers of photos of your own self, you (ladies) may as well take them of the parts of your body I most enjoy looking at. The Belfie is a forthcoming butt selfie stick. Designed...