We’re flooded with all kinds photos on Facebook and Twitter (most of them are of cats or food). But what about photos from our past, those taken before the digital era and kept in wallets or albums rather than on a hard drive? Sharing them usually involves a scanner, but the Shoebox app turns an iPhone camera into a scanner. The app isn’t only for photos, it can also scan family heirlooms like letters or certificates.
It can auto-detect edges and flatten the images to adjust for the camera’s tilt as well as edit them. After that, sharing works just like any other photo: tag and upload. Shoebox runs on scanning technology from Grizzly Labs and originates from 1000Memories, a site that made news last year for creating digital memorials for those who have passed away. Because so many families have photos spread in different households that may be miles away, this app could be useful to those trying to put faces to the names on family trees. No word yet on whether the app will be adapted for Android and other users.