Feb 14 AT 9:30 AM Nick Gray 36 Comments

Magically remove unwanted moving object from your pictures with Remove by Scalado


Sick and tired of obnoxious people moving in and out of your pictures? Remove by Scalado may be exactly what you need! Remove is a new camera technology that enables users to remove any moving object from a picture after it has been taken. Scalado is not revealing the exact details about how Remove works, but we assume the software snaps multiple images before the user hits the shutter button. This would allow the software to analyze the desired image and remove any object that moved in the previous frames.

Scalado will be demoing remove at Mobile World Congress between February 27 and March 1, but don’t expect to see Remove in the Android Market any time soon. Though many of you have never heard of Scalado before, they are one of the leading providers of mobile imaging technology with software loaded on more than 1 billion mobile devices worldwide. This means your next Android powered phone could come with Remove already built into the camera application, just like HTC has already incorporated Scalado’s HDR, Panoramic, Burst and Rewind camera technologies.

For more details about Rewind, check out the press release. We’re not sure if Rewind will be incorporated into any of the phones unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, but we’re definitely excited to see how the technology performs in the real world. We’re hoping it’ll at least be available to the public before the end of the year.

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Scalado excitedly introduce the world’s first object removal innovation in a mobile device

“Remove” automatically deletes unwanted details in captured imaging

Scalado, a world-leading provider of high-performance imaging technologies, applications and services for the mobile industry, have today announced the release of a new revolutionizing product named Remove. Remove is a technology that automatically highlights and removes any unwanted object from a captured photo. It is the world’s first Object removal software to be released on a mobile device.

Remove solves common photographic problems with unwanted objects in captured images, such as people getting in the way of our camera shot. Remove detects and selects the unwanted objects which simply can be removed automatically or by touching the selections on the screen or after capturing the image.

After Zero Shutter Lag, Burst, and Rewind Scalado continue leading and changing the capturing landscape by bringing in new unique and needed capturing innovations”, says Fadi Abbas, CMO/VP BizDev and Co-founder of Scalado, -”What differentiate us is the combination of customers who believe in our superiority, leading industry partners and continuous innovations

Last year Scalado released several innovations, e.g. the Rewind technology which allows the users to capture perfect group shots by automatically selecting the best shots in a burst and merging them into one perfect image. Rewind is already shipping in millions of mobile phones.

“Our team has been working hard to maintain its leading innovation position in the camera capturing field”, says Sami Niemi, CTO and Co-founder of Scalado, -”Remove shows that our technologies are setting the guidelines for the whole market”.

Scalado will premiere showcase Remove, the first of many new innovations planned this year, at the 2012 Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, February 27th to March 1st.

Source: Scalado

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    Very very clever.

    will we see it mobiles? i really dont know. but its a great idea.

    • iamXiV92a

      Fantastic idea – I’d definitely buy this!

  • honourbound68

    that’s pretty incredible. I’d buy this this app

  • Shadowlore

    I really find myself hating it when companies do this sort of thing. They demo what they ‘CAN’ do, but then add the caveat of: “But we’re not releasing it any time soon, nor on any thing you currently have.. this is just our ‘tech demo’ ”

    Tech demos, while interesting, should be prefaced with ‘NOT AVAILABLE YET’. In the ever changing tech world, telling consumers about something that may or may not be out in 1+ years is actually counter productive. It’s akin to stating: ‘Hey! We might have flying cars, that run on garbage in the future sometime, in fact.. here’s proof!!’ (Show prototype of car, or just footage from Back to the Future)

    I’ve found myself getting all excited about new upcoming tech, only to find out it’s neither cost effective, nor accessible to the end consumer. If they list all videos with ‘Not Available Yet’, at least those of us who have to follow technology will know ahead of time we can turn the video off within 15-20 seconds, and wait til it’s closer to consumer release.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I get your point, but Scalado stressed in their email to us that this is not just a proof of concept technology. All of their other camera technologies have been adopted by Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola and dozens of other OEMs. This new feature will probably be available on phones which are going to be unveiled at CTIA later this spring.

      You should check out their site and the other camera technologies which have been implemented by OEMs in the past year. http://www.scalado.com/display/en/Remove

      • Shadowlore

        Oh, I’m familiar with their technology, and I’m not saying it’s not awesome.. I just hate the hype train that so many tech companies marketing departments get involved in. Whether it’s the flexible OLED displays like we saw at CES last year, and were ‘due out later this year’ (which we’ve never seen) to blurry image sharpening that Adobe demonstrated last year, but then added ‘We might add it into photoshop sometime in the future, but we’re not currently planning for it’…

        The marketing hype bandwagons always seem to start too soon, so by the time the final product comes out, the consumer feels like they’ve already seen it.

      • delinear

        Indeed, there’s nothing massively clever going on here, this kind of matte technology has been used for a long time in traditional film and photography. I’d say the fact that they’re openly announcing this must mean they’re close to getting it to market, otherwise they’d just be encouraging a lot of “me too” apps to get there first. It looks like a really nice implementation, so let’s hope it’s just around the corner.

  • Donald Williams

    To bad they can’t load this on a regular camera. Could have used it a thougsand times. Can’t wait to get this app when its released.

  • Hall Lo

    Now this is innovation. Very useful feature, hope its coming to an Android near me soon!

  • twospirits

    i agree with Shadowlore, awesome concept but hate it when you can use it NOW.

  • Shawn Clark

    This app is just simply great…soon as it hits the market I’m on it.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      as I mentioned in the post, this will most likely not be a stand-alone application. Scalado will be working with OEMs to incorporate this feature into their camera applications, so you will need to buy a new phone in order to use this nifty new tech.

      • Shadowlore

        * Or you’ll have to wait for someone to take the original app, hack the living heck outta it, and import it into a new ROM for an old device…. later to be slapped with a cease and desist ;)

        (sorry, poking a slightly sore subject that many devs have ran into in the past ;)

  • Trinhbo

    Photobombers weep worldwide.

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly


  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Good-bye photobombing!
    This is pretty cool tech, I’d love to see how well it works in real-life scenarios.

  • Nathan D.

    well this is a neat app.

  • dark_funk

    It looks like a streamlined version of a tech demo I saw a few years ago:


    I’m guessing that Scalado is capturing video or a series of stills, along with the primary still selected by the user, and using an algorithm to determine the moving objects.

  • spazby

    can’t wait for this…

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    If they can do this for still images, the technology should be able to be modified to work with video as well. You just have to make sure you have a mobile processor which is powerful enough to keep track of all the different moving pixels.

  • Fuzzypaws

    Combine this with the magic cut/fill tech from Photoshop and we’ll really have something.

  • comandantecee

    that’s dope I’d pay for that!

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  • kicost

    It’ll be a Greattt app …

  • Leo Young

    Hmm. Looks nice. I wonder if this does require video footage for pre-snaps to do its calculations?
    I wonder what the resolution is?
    The Galaxy SII has a great panorama feature – if you don’t mind an incredibly low resolution.

    I can see it’s utility IF it has a high enough resolution.

  • jmon

    I, also, am curious on how this plays out. Although I am a bit skeptical about the quality of editing out content in this app. Through my experience retouching photos, when you delete content from a photo, than the space where that content was, has to be filled in with something and not even photoshop content aware does a good enough job on it. But we will see.

    • delinear

      Don’t think of it as cutting out content and filling in the gaps, think of it more as having ten photographs and you hack them up and overlay the pieces to remove unwanted subjects, more like a montage. This obviously means the subjects must be moving, you need to at least capture the background at some point for this to work, it’s not cleverly auto-filling background it doesn’t know about.

  • Paul

    I wonder if the polaroid android camera will get that.

  • WlfHart

    Yet one more way to make a phone camera replace the vacation camera!

  • Eludium-Q36

    First, this is cool tech but it’s very dependent upon uniformity behind what’s removed. Notice in the sample photo, the guy who’s “restored” is all in black and that the background building is uniform and symmetrical. So, as a demo, it’s awesome because the conditions have been favorably set by Scalado, but in practice it’s not going to perform as expected in many situations.

  • jamal adam

    Get it released and we are talking. Until then, better not change anything unless it is to improve it.

  • http://tinkerdad.blogspot.com xfaith

    THere are so many times I could have used this, can’t wait to have it and give it a whirl.

  • Matt Beavan

    Good app. I’ve seen this also on the Snapmania site where you can upload a series of images with nearly the same aperture but moving obstacles on the picutures (like tourists) – and it will remove the differences: https://www.snapmania.com/info/en/trm/

  • petrasl

    So when it will by available?