Boingboing reported this morning the planned closure of the last plant to manufacture Polaroid “film”.
We had a Polaroid instant camera when I was a kid. Instant pictures being of course a big hit with the munchkin crowd and then later messing about the emulsions and making “spooky” pictures being a hit with the larger kids.
One of the coolest uses of Polaroid film has been for taking verification photos for various contests and races. My favorite of those being the Iron Butt Rally.
Arrival at various bonus locations was verified by taking a Polaroid picture of your “rally towel” with some named monument at the location. For example: A picture of the Lincoln Monument — the one in Laramie Wyoming.
Polaroid picture verification offered the triple advantage of being:
2) Light weight (relatively.)
3) Difficult to spoof.
So here’s the challenge:
What technology (combination) can you use to prove that a person was in a particular place at a particular time.
Remember this system has to be carried on a motorcycle through just about every god awful environmental condition you can imagine and operated by a probably dog-tired and certainly distracted rider. It has to be cheap enough to deploy a couple of hundred units and secure enough that the contestants trust its results.
Details of the plant closures and Polaroid’s search for a licensee are available 0n the Boston Herald site.