Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
Kodak had worked out a settlement with Polaroid management, but Eddie Land vetoed it. Polaroid was paralyzed by fear of the rise of electronic imaging; they had more to loose than Kodak (at the time) because their business was based on instant imaging and electronic imaging offered that. They did produce some successful electronic imaging products (like film recorders), but although they developed several generations of digital cameras, they were afraid to bring them out until it was too late.
You know, thinking about it, instant prints would have worked well with digital, a printer, pulls the film in from the pack, under a 3 colour LED array then through the rollers, spits it out, you peel it apart, and you have a long lasting print from your digital image.

I think both Polaroid and Kodak should have embraced digital, not by competing with it, in a market that was already owned by others, but by complementing it. How about this, you go to the photo store, for say $20 or so, you buy a special USB drive, you dump up to 36 images on it, put it in the enclosed mailer, and drop it in the mail. They go to Kodak, who prints them onto K25 film and mails you back 36 Kodachrome slides of your digital images. They then wipe the drives and repackage them for reuse.