Jun 11 AT 7:08 PM Clark Wimberly 16 Comments

Rewind: the perfect group shot; or, How your camera phone is about to get way more awesome

Last week when we were in San Diego for Uplinq, one of the on-stage tech demos caught our eye. During the Snapdragon super session, Raj Talluri brought up the team from Scalado to show off their new camera technology, dubbed Rewind.

Rewind captures a burst of five full resolution photographs, allowing the user to pick and choose the best bits from each photo. The selected faces are immediately composited into a single photograph, ready for sharing. We found Scalado on the show floor for a repeat performance. Check the video below:

As you can see in the video, Rewind is intelligent enough to detect faces and allow the user–ahem, photographer–to select which faces should be used in the final shot. Scalado said they’re working on a new version with smile and blink detection that can even do the selecting for you, making the process of getting the perfect group shot an almost automatic experience.

The only downside is that, at this time, they’re only looking to distribute the technology via OEMs–meaning you shouldn’t expect to see a Rewind app in the market any time soon. The burst photo capture is processor-intensive, ultimately limiting the end range of devices it can run on (and explaining why Scalado has paired with Qualcomm and is testing on that beast of a device).

What say you, the avid phone photographer? Is this something you’d want in your phone? If manufacturers started offering the feature, would that be a real draw to the device or just a “nice to have?” Personally I think it’s pretty awesome tech, but I’m still waiting on the boost in cell camera optics to really make it worth it.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

    Didn’t they show this off on the Evo 3D at Uplinq? I wonder if this will come in an update (doubt it but I’m hopeful) =p

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    Cool app even not for group photos but anything what changes fast. But what i am waiting for additionally besides better larger sensors and zoom optics is high dynamics range – or HDR – technique. With it 9/10 of people sometimes do not believe that the picture was taken from the cellphone. Apple added this later after the launch and results are great. I am sure all that will be added in coming years. I do not care about battery life because have and always will upgrade any phone to 2-3 times larger capacity battery

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    google buy em please. i want this in stock android.

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      This is a good idea. Google needs to buy it before the competition does it.

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        It’s Qualcomm….no one is going to buy it out…idiots

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