First published in ELEQT on 7 July 2012.
How attached are you with your Instagrams? Ernest was taken by the idea enough to start up a business revolving around it! Robot Printr is his response to Instagrammers, challenging them to turn their amazing shots into real life, tactile photo canvases. Obviously with higher resolution photos he can squeeze more details in, but all he really need is an 800KB image file and a tiny bit of human retouching to create an eye-catching piece for that cherry on top in your flat. He turned images that are 800 pixels x 800 pixels into 16" x 16" prints before, so any genius shots you have back in your iPhone 3GS days or even ripped off your friend's Facebook page will be more than sufficient for him to work with.
With his super techy industrial size printers and his trusty photoshopping skills, Ernest turned my relatively low resolution photo into a real masterpiece in a week! It is one thing to see this lovely photo of Jessie, Jasmine, Audrey and I at the Ruins of St. Paul's on a microscopic smart phone screen, but it feels like a whole different world to be displaying it in my room in around the same size as the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. I love how his shopping page doesn't just give you the simple measurements. Can you visualise the exact size of 10" x 15" just by me telling you the dimensions? I didn't think so. And that is why it is such a cool idea to put all the sizes he offers out in a diagram, along with a regular two-seater couch and a dude that is 5"9. It gives a way better idea of what the final print would be like in your living room.
So brighten up your flat with a special moment in your life, or give the gift of memory to your loved ones. Fumble through your phone for that one perfect shot, get in touch with Ernest, and see what he can do for you!