Curation SDK = Eyes + Brains + Storyteller
Uses advanced Computer Vision, Face and AI algorithms to pick the best highlights of each Collection and group them into micro-stories. The Curation SDK will tell your application more about each photo, who are in it, whether they are similar to other photos, and where are the safe places to crop each of them.
How does the Curation SDK choose the best photos for a photobook?
Similar vs Duplicates
Many people use their phone camera as a sticky note reminder and a repository of snippets. See a restaurant review in the in-flight magazine? Snap. IKEA furniture pickup-tag? Snap. Subway map of Tokyo? Snap. We have trained a sizable (and growing) cess-pool of over 100 different types of “the-crap-we-shoot”; stuff like whiteboards, For-Sale signs to driver’s licenses and almost any other receipts/price-tags/maps you can think of. So we proudly call this AI model our De-crapperizer. It sniffs out all the crap and eliminates them from your album. Now the romantic Tuscany road trip photobook will not be marred by a 300 euro speeding ticket you got in Rome.
[this AI model is separately available for license as a .SO file…because, everyone needs a de-crapperizer.]
Food Porn or Latte Art?
Safe-Crop-Zone: Don’t Crop the Face!
Life is not perfect. To make an interesting page collage, you need to crop photos. But how do you intelligently make sure you do not crop out the salient parts of the photo? Most importantly, people really do not like the faces of their little Johnny boy being cropped away. So the Curation SDK will also return a “safe-crop-zone” of each and every photo we select for the book, so you know where the no-go zones. Ignore these hints at your own risk!
We are advancing the technology every single day. We are now working on a more advanced saliency analysis which doesn’t just give you face priority, it will also tell you if there is a “salient” object in each shot where you should feature front and center. For example, the classic shot of the Golden Gate bridge: the bay and the Marin headlands are “optional”.
In every Collection or Story, there are micro-stories, mini-events. From a 15-day Mediterranean cruise to Ethan’s 7th birthday party, every moment has its special place in our minds and hearts. The Page Grouping algorithm drills down into these moments and naturally groups them, deciding which groups of photos to populate which page-spreads. This makes sure with each turn of the page, there might be a little nudge of nostalgia, a moment of delight or maybe a little surprise.
The Page Group is presented to your application as a list of photo list, each with its safe-crop zones which our Layouts SDK takes over and places them into a well-crafted book. If you already have templates and themes collected over the years, this is where we end, and you take over. Your application will take the photo suggestions for each page and find the right template for them.