Instacube – A Living Canvas For Instagram Images

Instacube Logo SmallThe internet, cell phones, tablets (sadly), and apps like Instagram have turned everyone into a photographer. Instacube is launching a Kickstarter project today in hopes to turn these photos into a party, into a tribute, and into a piece of art. Instacube is a living canvas that will become a centerpiece of your parties, family gatherings, and day-to-day life.

How It Works

Created by the engineers and designers at Design to Matter, Instacube posesses a minimalistic retro appearance. Instacube is 7.5” tall x 2.5” deep cube with an LCD touchscreen that will display Instagram images at 600px x 600px. Content is pushed directly from your Instagram feed to the cube via your stream, hashtags, or handles. Programming and even liking images can be managed via 3 buttons on the top of the cube. The UI is simple and streamlined and works effortlessly over WiFi, powered by a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The cube is constantly updating so images will display as they happen in real-time. John Whaley, Head Industrial Designer at D2M, explains his vision behind Instacube:

Up until this point, Instagram has been a very inward, pocket-sized experience. With Instacube, our Instagram feed becomes an outward expression. Now we can enjoy our Instagrams as they happen, and appreciate them in full-scale for the pieces of art they are.

Cool Factor

With its sleek retro design and its simple functions, there are many ways one could utilize Instacube.

Much like every social conference should include a tweet wall, every party should have an Instacube. Give your party a specific hashtag. Every picture your guests post in Instagram using that hashtag will then show up seamlessly. The party just became interactive.

Send an Instacube to Grandpa or relatives that aren’t as strong with technology and they will instantly have a digital picture frame that will display family images that you take.

Go to sleep with pictures of stars, planets, and moons displaying on your bedside table. Or like Whaley’s vision, wake up to images of sunrises.

As our society has gone digital, certain societal norms have had to evolve. Printed pictures in frames on mantles were replaced with digital frames with memory cards. Cameras were joined by cell phones as the tools to take pictures. Editing software was joined with apps like Instagram. Instacube continues this evolution of photography as a way to display your images.

Design to Matter hopes to raise $250,000 to begin manufacturing the device. Early adopter pricing starts at $99 and Instacube will retail for $149. Even a $10 donation will earn you a shout-out.



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    Instacube – A Living Canvas For Instagram Images – Matters of Grey
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  2. Betina

    Any idea how to “hack” the brick? Right now it doesn’t work at all because Instagram has shut the door.

    It would be nice to be able to transfer some photos and just use it as a digital frame like any other.

  3. Lala

    Among the various possibilities that Instacube offers, I particularly like the one of giving it as a gift so that I can share the pics I take with my not-to-saavy family members. I’m sure my grandparents and parents would appreciate having a real-time feed photo album (even if they can’t begin to understand how it works) + they would dig the retro look of that nice, simple box.
    Andy, thanks for sharing this cool finding.
    Kudos for D2M and the best of luck in this endeavor!

    1. Thanks Lala for your nice comments. We too think this cube has a lot of potential. Not only did we feature it today, but it was also featured on engadget, mashable, cnn, wired, and many other highly reputable sites. Hopefully the instacube gets appropriately funded. I know that I can’t wait to receive mine.