It’s time to dig out all of your old photo albums and stacks of prints. Google Photos, which offers free unlimited photo and video storage on Android, iOS, and the web, just introduced a new way to capture and organize photos taken before the days of digital cameras. Described as the “scanner from the future,” Google PhotoScan turns your prints into high-quality digital images. The new standalone app can scan just about any photo, anywhere, and is now available for Android and iOS.
One of the app’s most impressive features is its ability to detect and remove glare from overhead lights. Using a system called computational photography, a process that involves the convergence of computer graphics, computer vision and photography, the app is programmed to take multiple photos of the same image, map feature points, then combine the images into one high resolution photo.
PhotoScan can also detect edges, straighten and rotate images and prepare photos for editing. From there, images can be saved to your device or uploaded to Google Photos to be organized, searchable, shared, and safely backed.