One of the hardest things for family historians is scanning in photos. It takes a lot of time to scan things in, and if you take a photo of a photo, glare is an issue.

With PhotoScan by Google Photos, photos from the past meet scanner from the future.

Get the new PhotoScan app by Google Photos, available now on Android and soon on iOS.

Get it on the Play Store: (https://goo.gl/ObgMwd) and App Store: (https://goo.gl/mbrGpA)

 

The video is great. It explains the concept and is also quite entertaining! The transcript is below.
Once upon a time,
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before there were smartphones,
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people took real photos
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printed on actual paper,
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photos of siblings,
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of moms and dads,
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of birthday parties,
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of mullets,
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of Grandma playing with…dirt.
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Photos of the people that haunt your house.
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And selfies before they were called “selfies.”
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These fragile pieces of paper are your memories.
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They’re your family.
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They’re your history.
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They’re your regrets.
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So it’s a good thing all those precious memories
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are safely backed up and perfectly organized in a–
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nope!
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They’re in a box in the attic,
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which is like the 87th best place they could be.
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woman 2: [bleep] Get, get.
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woman: Maybe it’s time to
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get out the gigantic flatbed scanner,
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find the right cord,
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download the driver,
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and bam: photos saved forever.
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[sustained beep]
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And…bam.
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[beep continues]
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Wouldn’t it be great if there was, like, a technology
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that was kind of like, a mini-scanner,
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like a handheld–
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oh, hello.
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With the PhotoScan app,
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just hold your phone over any printed photo
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and go…
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boop, boop, boop. Done.
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And you’ve got a high-res digital copy of the original,
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without any glare.
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It’s not just a photo of a photo,
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because that looks like this.
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And if you have Google Photos,
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all your photos will be organized by face or place.
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It took you four-and-a-half hours
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to get ready for this photo.
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The least you can do is spend a few seconds to scan it forever.
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Photos from the past,
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meet scanner from the future.