You may not be familiar with the name Scalado, but there is a good chance you have used one of its imagining technologies without even knowing it. The company’s photo applications helped power camera and image apps for over 10 years, and they are currently baked in to 1.5 billion phones (adding about 500 million mobile phones every year). Most recently, we revealed Scalado’s Rewind technology is integrated into BB10’s camera app, and Scalado is introducing its first iOS app today called “PhotoBeamer“, which we have tested over the past month.
While it usually works directly with OEMs, the company recently released its first app directly to users late last month as an Android-only photo viewer called “Scalado Album“. The new iOS app, PhotoBeamer, serves to quickly and wirelessly display photos stored on your iOS device to any display with a web browser.
We already have a ton of third-party apps for transferring and viewing photos from iOS devices to a bigger screen. Even Apple’s own Photo Stream feature makes things easy for accessing photos on your other iOS devices and almost as easy on your Mac, and iPhoto’s beam feature allows for wireless sharing of images between iOS devices. Getting images to our other devices is not a problem, but PhotoBeamer’s zero-configuration, no registration, and extremely snappy, patented imaging tech might make it your go-to app.
Once you launch the app, you simply navigate to PhotoBeamer.com on any display, select an initial photo to display from your cameral roll, and then scan the QR code displayed on PhotoBeamer.com. The image is automatically beamed to your web browser. From there, you can swipe left and right on your iOS device to cycle through your camera roll. I have used the app for the last week and there is virtually no load time between images on most solid connections. After selecting your initial image, it takes just a second or two to scan the QR code and view the image in your web browser.
The app is certainly barebones at this point. The only other features are a “fill screen” mode to fill your browser window with the image and an “old fashioned” filter, while it is missing landscape view, sharing features, and some of the other impressive technologies we know Scalado has in its lab in Sweden. Scalado told us it plans to take feedback from users and implement new features soon. Hopefully, we will see Rewind and some of Scalado’s other interesting technologies come to iOS apps in the near future. PhotoBeamer is available for $0.99 now.