The answer lies in a wonderful new app from Kodak called Kodak Kiosk Connect. If you've ever dreamt about being able to walk into a photo shop, turn on your smartphone and wirelessly create all manner of groovy things from greetings cards to posters, collages and photo albums then your dreams have just come true.
I was lucky enough to be asked to try out the service last Saturday and - willing to have a go at anything once (save incest and Morris Dancing) - I was only too happy to agree. And if I tell you that in this case it won't be 'just the once' you'll probably guess that the experience was pretty favourable.
Not only were the staff (at Czimmerl Studio in Lincoln) very helpful, but the technology is so straightforward that anyone can not only use it but do great things with it. The results are certainly impressive.
Basically the app creates a (secure) wireless connection between your phone (or iPad) and the kiosk. This then allows you to upload either a selection of photos or your entire library should you so wish!
You then simply choose what you want to create (greetings card, calendar, collage etc.) and the image(s) you wish to use and, well, that's basically all there is to it. You're given the option of editing, enhancing, trimming the pic and adding text as appropriate and for some options (a large poster, say) there might be a turnaround time of an hour but in many cases your chosen items are ready in little more than a mouse click.
Having tried the app in store (without really any prior knowledge) I was given a free CD with the software (PC only at the moment, unfortunately) which gives you the chance to make and create in the comfort of your own home (and take a little more time, perhaps) and I'll be reporting on this in a further post.
In the meantime, if you like the idea don't forget that at the moment there's a chance to try out the new app and at the same time enter a competition to win one of four brand new iPads. You can find further details here.