Analog photo scanning with image optimization algorithms
Softeq implemented a desktop app that enables fast analogue photo processing and more convenient image management in line with the latest UX trends. The software performs on-the-go algorithm-based red eye reduction and does automatic/manual image enhancement along with color restoration.
Softeq developed a desktop app for an Epson photo scanner. The software enables fast processing of analog photos using unique algorithm-based red-eye reduction technology.
Epson was looking to augment its new product with a desktop application, which would allow users to digitize large amounts of photographs at once and upload the images to a personal gallery (locally or in the cloud).
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.