A 'revolutionary' new photo album which can search through thousands of images in seconds, to find family likenesses, has been launched as a start-up project.
The team behind the project claim that it manages family photo and video collections with better search and privacy than Facebook, Google, Instagram and Flickr combined. The new device hunts down an owner’s photo and video collections from online services and computer hard drives and automatically indexes them for search and discovery.
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Users can also train Pholio to recognise other unique search terms and Pholio brings all images back to the device, which sits like a traditional photo album on a bookshelf.
Testing out Pholio
The team of British Inventors, led by founder Simon Randall, have tested Pholio’s potential on one of London’s largest collections of art, the image library at the Courtauld Institute at Somerset House. The Courtauld is home to countless works by world famous artists going back centuries.
Using his own photograph, Simon checked the huge collection and in a fraction of a second retrieved this image of a possible ancestor (shown here).
Simon Randall, CEO of Pholio, said: “When the image turned up I knew that we had an amazing product. One of the great urban myths is that Nicholas Cage is a vampire, based on a ghostly old image accidentally uncovered in an old archive. Since I found my lookalike, my wife has taken to sleeping with the bedside light on.”
Pholio is taking pre-orders for the device via Kickstarter, with first deliveries of the device expected to be made in time for Christmas.
(image copyright Pholio)
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