Aura launches print-scanning phone app for digital picture frame users

Digital picture frame company Aura has made it easy to share physical photos found in the attic with the rest of the family. With its new in-app photo scanner, anyone invited can access your “Aura frame” digital album full of memories.

Many people still own physical photo albums that are passed down from generation to generation. Some collections containing memorabilia spanning decades of family history and baby photos need to be digitized.

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Why should I scan my photos? You can ask. There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to start the long-term process of converting your physical photos to Jpegs. It’s safer with copies and backups can be made, arguably more private depending on where you store them, it’s sustainable to show old photos to new generations and easier to share photos online with parents who may be abroad.

An unexpected fire or break-in can unfortunately happen to anyone, so it’s best to keep a digital copy of your photos, preferably with a trusted cloud service, to protect them from physical damage or corrupted hard drives. Depending on the size of your photo albums, scanning home photos and videos can take months or even years of mundane effort. Fortunately, Aura has a better solution.

Aura’s mission to connect people by bridging the gap between physical and digital takes a new approach with its latest in-app scanner. The idea is that users can scan physical photos using their smartphones and upload them to an Aura Digital Frame, an album to share with friends and family, making it much easier to present to grandma d older and newly captured images.

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Aura frames are now compatible with in-app scanning

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Aura frames are now compatible with in-app scanning

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“Old photos are some of the most valuable photos we have, often locked away in attics and accessible only to those in the family who hold them.” Shares Prooshat Saberi, Head of Product Design at Aura. “Our goal is to reduce the friction of sharing photos – printed or digital – to make memories more accessible and part of everyday life, regardless of generation, level of tech savvy or location.”

Aura is a maker of digital photo frames that allow you to share photos and videos from your phone to a network of friends and family by invitation only. No memory cards or subscription fees are needed, with millions of photos already being shared and displayed on Aura frames in homes around the world. The launch of an in-app scanner Aura makes it easier to add physical photos to Aura digital frames, providing the ability to share over 10,000 images with no storage limit.

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While the ability to scan and share older photos is nothing to sneeze at and can easily be accomplished using a basic phone camera and Facebook, the Aura frame adds an element of luxury and sophisticated in the act of sharing older memories with family. Seeing a digital photo album browse through images on a professional high resolution screen is a much better alternative to sending memories via Whatsapp, and would make a fantastic and moving gift for any loved one.

This analysis function is now available as a free software update of the already existing Aura app on iOS (13+) and Android should follow. The photo scanner is part of the app’s “Add Photos” menu, and customers can scan multiple photos, adjust features like cropping and color, and date information to archive images in memory.

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