When the first permanent photograph was taken in 1822, one of the biggest rock stars of the day was Ludwig Van Beethoven, who was composing his most memorable symphony yet, the 9th!
The universal desire to remember and immortalize the moments of our lives led to the creation of billions of pre-digital memories, stored on a combination of formats, most commonly paper prints, negatives, and slides.
As we look for meaning and wholeness in a digital world, a natural need arises to integrate both past and present.
Through an analog-digital bridge, an individual would be able to answer decades-old questions created through the evolution of technology and life itself.
Four inventions were created which support this bridge, opening up a new world of connection, understanding, and enjoyment.
Merging Person Across Ages
We made facial recognition better by creating a merge persons technology which can automatically find the same person across all ages, from baby to adult, and the user can merge them into a single person.
This solves multiple problems with 99.99% confidence.
- Siblings and close relatives can stay distinct people
- A baby and adult can be merged into a single timeline
- Separate persons created because of facial obscurement, i.e. sunglasses or masks, can be seen as a single person
Back of Photo (Scanning and App)
The back of print photos can include important context about the actual photo, including a date, location, persons, anecdote, and more.
Even without handwritten information, photo processors often included a processing date on the back, which helps greatly when constructing an accurate timeline of the previous century.
We re-designed our photo scanning service to scan both the front and back of a print, with easy switching and zooming in the Memorable application.
Decade Level Navigation System
iOS and Android were released in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
As smartphones became an every day part of our life, the use of Photos on a regular basis increased as well.
The current version of the default iOS and Android Photos applications can be navigated by year.
When you have twenty or more years of memories, navigating by decade is easier and more efficient.
We created a four-level navigation system which starts at the decade level and zooms in to years, months, days, and the individual captured moments of each day.
This new decade level can decrease the amount of time required to navigate to any date by at least 50%.
It’s easy to accumulate tens of thousands or more photos during a lifetime. Remembering all these special moments used to require endless scrolling.
The goal is to enjoy every memory, no matter the quantity, on one screen, while maintaining a large enough size for each image.
To visualize everything, we start by creating a view with all decades presented.
If a person was born in 1955, there would be 8 blocks: 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, 2010’s, and 2020’s.
Each decade can contain any number of photos, rotating each photo from each decade, with user selected timing.
The entire experience can take a few hours to a few days, depending on the number of images, any applied filters, and the desired duration for each image.
The above invention makes visualizing entire months, years, decades, and generations possible.