Tap! Strangers Disappear from Your Digital Photos
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
February 17 2012 11:50 AM ET
A perfectly good family photo can be ruined by strangers sauntering by. With Scalado's new camera technology, these distractions will become a thing of the past.
The Swedish imaging technology company has developed a simple way to remove passers-by. "Remove" detects moving objects in the background and allows users to delete them with a touch to their screens. The feature, which is still in the prototype stage, works by taking a burst of shots in succession. By comparing those shots with one another, it can identify which objects are stationary – your kids and that statue of Mickey Mouse at the entrance to Disneyland – and which ones are moving, like the happy Main Street sweepers. You can select the moving objects to delete on a preview image and wind up with a family photo worth keeping.
Scalado has posted a demo video here.
"Remove" has been shown working on an HTC Android phone. Scalado says it will show it off at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which starts Feb. 27. Despite media reports that "Remove" will be an app, the technology will be made available to phone manufacturers, according to Scalado. The company declined to name names.