CES 2011: Lady Gaga Unveils Polaroid Trio

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LAS VEGAS - Having introduced pop sensation Lady Gaga to much fanfare as its new creative director last year, Polaroid returned the singing icon to its International CES stage Thursday to unveil the first fruits of that collaboration.

Sporting a blonde coif, sunglasses and a gray dress, Gaga unveiled three Polaroid Grey Label products, including a prototype pair of sunglasses with a built-in digital camera; a Zink-based Bluetooth portable printer that can be paired with a smartphone to make instant 4-inch prints of friends and family in their most embarrassing moments; and the latest spin on the Polaroid "instant camera." which combines the printer and digital camera in one package.


The latter, called the Grey Label GL30 Instant Digital Camera, will ship in the third or fourth quarters at a price to be announced. It features a swivel-screen that when flipped up provides access to controls for various camera functions, including zooming, flash and macro-mode.

Polaroid said the camera's design is both reminiscent of Polaroid cameras of the past and designed for the future. It can be stood up to use as a digital photo frame. Filters and borders can also be selected to create original images.

The GL30 and new GL10 use Zink-based Zero Ink technology to print digital photos onto glossy paper.

The Polaroid PolaPrinter GL10 Mobile printer, which will be available in April at a $150 suggested retail, spits out photo prints in less than a minute and connects via Bluetooth to smartphones and digital cameras and PCs.

"This is the camera of the future," Lady Gaga told the hundreds of onlookers who swarmed around the Polaroid booth. "I said, ‘How can we bring the cellphone into Polaroid? How can we create something that is digital and never gets printed into something [that gets printed] and is instant?' "

Users can switch from full borderless 3- inch by 4-inch prints of photos with the iconic Polaroid white border. Polaroid said it is also introducing an exclusive and free Android app for fast editing and enhancement of images before printing.

Apps for additional mobile platforms will be introduced throughout 2011, Polaroid said. The printer measures 5.9 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep by 1.1 inches high and weighs 15 ounces. It is powered by a rechargeable battery for a minimum of 40 images per charge.

The Polaroid PolaRez GL20, due in the second or third quarters at pricing to be announced, are sunglasses with a built-in digital camera that users wear to both look like Lady Gaga and be members of the paparazzi at the same time. The built-in digital camera will both upload photos and display them on the glasses' LCD screens.


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