Epson is one of the leading manufacturers of computer printers and imaging-related equipment. They needed an app to digitize photos and enhance image quality.
Epson were looking to augment their new product with a desktop application. It would digitize many photos at once and allow them to be uploaded easily locally or to the cloud. The app would include automatic red-eye reduction, color restoration, and image enhancement.
The team created a desktop app that automatically installs on a PC once the scanner is connected to the computer. With the app, users can scan multiple photos (up to 30 items per batch) and upload them to a designated hard drive, cloud storage service (Google, Dropbox), or social media network (Facebook).
Softeq implemented a set of features to enable fast analog photo processing and more convenient image management in line with the latest UX trends.
The resulting solution displays 70% accuracy for 300 dpi photo scans, regardless of the photo orientation, head position, and subject’s eye shape.
To implement the required image processing functionality, the team developed three algorithms supporting:
There are no other automatic red-eye reduction image retouching algorithms on the market with the same functionality as FastFoto. Implementing this was the most challenging task in the project, involving two main subtasks: detecting and isolating red pupils in photos, and creating an accurate mask to match the affected area in order to autofill it with an appropriate color.
Satisfied with the end result, Epson released the device with our accompanying software to the market.
Compared to scanning photos on a flatbed scanner, which can take a significant amount of time, or sending photos out to a costly scanning service, the complete scanning system offers a fast, easy, and affordable solution for preserving and sharing a family’s legacy.
A typical photo before and after applying auto-enhancements.