Printing out your smartphone photos can be a pain. But a new Kickstarter project called Flag (via Gizmodo) wants to make it easier and, in terms of the money you’re spending out of your own wallet, free. You just have to agree to look at some advertisements — and to have some of your information provided to marketers — and 20 physical photographs per month can be yours, gratis.
If you’re cool with those trade-offs, well — free photos!
Here’s how it works: Flag is an app that promises to send you 20 high-quality, 4×6 prints from your smartphone each month for no charge. The app connects to your smartphone’s camera roll and other social media photo feeds, organizing them for you on a screen. You can then select your favorite 20. You’re able to edit, crop and add borders to the photos. When you’re all done, just press Print.
A few days later, the photos will arrive in the mail, printed on “museum quality” laser-cut photo stock.
The catch? Each photo comes with an ad on the back. You glance at it, and then the photo goes in a frame, and you never have to look at it again. The advertiser foots the bill.
The adds on the back of the photos may QR code, which you can scan and log within Apple’s Passbook app, which use your zip code to offer discounted deals in your area. If the prospect of that information being sold to advertisers and marketers doesn’t bother you, then Flag sounds like a pretty cool deal.
As Flag founder Sam Agboola promises, “Advertisers will not be able to see users’ photos, or know their personal information. No names, no addresses. All the targeting will be on aggregated data. You’ll be able to advertise to people in a zip code, you won’t be able to advertise to John Smith of 123 Main St.”
Ordering a similar, ad-free set of 20 4×6 prints from CVS’s website would set you back only about $6. But, hey, maybe that’s not on special “museum quality” stock? Not to mention, most of the great photos we take on our mobile devices remain buried away in folders or social feeds, always at risk of being lost with our (un-backed-up) smartphones. So it’s convenient that this service comes in app form. The less effort I need to make to do stuff like this, the better.
If you back the Kickstarter project, you’ll have first access to the beta version of the app, and all the money you invest goes into paying for any special features you’d like to add to your photo prints (such as creating custom postcards, ordering larger prints or adding rounded edges). Back it now and you could be swimming in a bathtub of “free” photos by this July.
By: Alyssa Bereznak