Every year or so it never fails. We stumble upon a box of old pictures. And the memories of old flood back as we sift through countless pictures. Worry-free days as kids. When our dads still had hair.

These days, the boxes of pictures fit in our pockets. But what about those boxes of pictures? How can we get all of our memories to fit in our pockets? The adage, “there’s an app for that,” is back again with PhotoScan.

Jingyu Cui, a software engineer working at Google Photos, tells us how it works.

“PhotoScan gets you great looking digital copies in seconds – it detects edges, straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation, and removes glares. Scanned photos can be saved in one tap to Google Photos to be organized, searchable, shared, sand safely backed up at high quality – for free.”

Let’s see PhotoScan in action.

Looks simple enough, right? It is, but there’s a lot of tech going on behind the scenes.

PhotoScan uses a technique called computational photography. This is a broad term that includes other techniques like HDR or panoramas.

PhotoScan’s biggest obstacle is overcoming glare. It’s why the app has you take four pictures at different angles. By moving the camera on your phone around, the glare moves around with it. PhotoScan combines the photos to create a beautiful digital copy of your old pictures.

Nat and Lo give us a behind-the-scenes look of PhotoScan in their latest video.

You only had to put up with your family digging through boxes of old photos every now and again. With PhotoScan, you’ll be reliving old memories every day. Whether or not that’s a good thing depends on the memories… I know I don’t want to see a potential blackmail photo all the time. And parents, don’t embarrass your kids with what they did 20 years ago.

PhotoScan is available today on the Android. iOS users? You get the to feel Android’s pain for a change and are stuck with the ‘soon’ release date.



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