Today, two such cases receive a much-needed update, thanks to TRNTBL and the Impossible I-1 instant camera.
The former is a stylish, wireless record player that builds a Spotify playlist from the music you play in real time, and you can preorder it now for this summer; the latter is a Polaroid camera for the digital age, and you can buy it now.
Both threaten to drastically improve your living room and/or creative pursuits.
Allow us to break them down thusly...
The antecedent: Your dad’s old record player.
The look: It’s sleeker and thinner and it comes in creme or black with elegant gold detailing. It also requires substantially less real estate on your corner table.
The updates: This thing is completely wireless and Bluetooth compatible. So there’s that. But it will also automatically identify the tracks you’re playing in real time and generate a Spotify playlist for your friends to listen in on whenever they please. So there’s that, too.
The Impossible I-1
The antecedent: That clunky Polaroid camera you wore around your neck in the ’90s.
The look: You’ll recognize the shape. And... that’s about it. Just take a gander at that cool-looking advanced ring flash circumscribing the lens.
The updates: What you’ve got here is the first new camera system in over two decades designed for the formerly anachronistic Polaroid format. Meaning: you’re still printing your photographs. Only now you’ve got a smartphone app that can act as a remote trigger and incorporate digital effects onto your instantly tactile photos.
This has been fun. But it’s only a matter of time until we do this again for tape decks or something.