Kodak and Smart International, the company that licenses the Kodak name for 3D printing, have launched a 3D printer that's powered by a Raspberry Pi 3. The era of film once dominated by Kodak might be over but the iconic brand is being used to capitalize on the 3D printing market, offering a range of cheaper models catering to designers, hobbyists, schools, and consumers. Kodak and Smart International this week took the wraps off the Kodak Portrait 3D printer, a dual extrusion desktop system and the first Kodak-branded 3D printer since the companies announced a licensing agreement last October. At the core of the $3,500 Kodak printer is a Raspberry Pi 3 running on the Raspbian-based 3DPrinterOS. The 3D printer features a five-inch color touchscreen with Kodak branding and can be accessed over Wi-Fi, Ethernet port, and USB. The Kodak device can be signed up to the Kodak 3D cloud, which is used to upload, share and adjust objects.
The smartphone is Kodak's second attempt to enter the cellular phone market. Eastman Kodak Co. announced Oct. 20, 2016, the debut of its Ektra smartphone. The new Kodak Ektra smartphone is Android based and isn't available in the United States yet. Still, the Rochester-based company is describing the device as a "unique hybrid of photography innovation and DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) functionality" with a larger and more powerful lens allowing for higher-quality images, particularly in low-lit areas, Chief Executive Jeffrey Clarke said on CNN. "It's going to help you with all sorts of different photography," Clarke said.
NEW YORK–Quick, what's the first thing that you think of when you think of "Kodak"? "Film," "photography," "pictures," "cameras," are obvious choices, and if you're thinking more negatively, perhaps even "bankruptcy" will leap to mind. What you probably didn't come up with was "smartphone." And yet Eastman Kodak in partnership with a British company Bullitt Group is about to launch the Kodak Ektra in the U.S., an unlocked $399 American-version of an Android-based "camera-first" smartphone that initially began shipping to European consumers late last year, and that was showcased during the CES trade show this past January. Not surprisingly, Kodak is playing up the features in Ektra that speak photography.