‘The moving Polaroid photos capture one-second moments that magically come to life when you touch them or swing your phone,’ Polaroid said in a statement.

‘They combine the compositional quality of a still photograph with the vitality of a world that’s always in motion.’

The iconic photography brand added: ‘Polaroid Swing app aims to make available a new medium of expression for those with an artistic interest in the world around them.

‘Polaroid Swing moving photos faithfully capture moments as we see them – the crash of the wave, hair blowing in the wind, the blink of an eye.’

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Polaroid says the photos can be easily shared on the Polaroid Swing platform, and via Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone described the new app as a ‘genre-defining medium’ with ‘the potential to change the way we think about images, just like Twitter’s 140 characters changed how we think about words’.

Stone, who chaired the start-up company that developed the app, claimed: ‘People start seeing the world in one–second moments.’

Tommy Stadlen, co-founder of Swing, said: ‘Human beings see the world in short moments, not in stills or videos.

‘Memories move, and now photos do too. The product combines Polaroid’s iconic heritage with cutting edge innovation.’

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