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Gadgets for the Guru-My Memories Edition

Gadgets for the Guru-My Memories Edition
Janelle Ong

We all love memories, whether its through pictures or videos, we would like to preserve them for as long as we can. Gadgets for the Guru has some cool memories preserving apps/services to show you.

 

 

 

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ScanMyPhotos

Do you have tons of pictures sitting in albums and stashed away in a corner of your home? How about keeping them preserved online with ScanMyPhotos. ScanMyPhotos helps you scan all your printed memories in to a DVD, thumbdrive or even photo books! Users can purchase a prepaid box that comes with free 3-way shipping. Each box holds more than 1,800 photos and all photos are scanned in 5-10 days.

 

$99 scanmyphotos.com Watch a video here.

 

 

 

 

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Mixbook’s Mosaic

Mosaic allows users to create instant photo books using the Mosaic app. iPhone and Android users can use pictures stored on their phone to create a 20-page photo book in 5 minutes. Mosaic will also deliver your photo book in 4 days!

Available for Apple and Android users.


$20 heymosaic.com Watch Mosaic in action by clicking here.

 

*AZTB was able to try out Mosaic and here is a quick review of the app/service.

The app itself is a little hard to navigate. You start by choosing 20 pictures to place in your photobook. But, it isn’t easy to place pictures in the order you want. Moving/dragging pictures doesn’t work on the app. So let’s say, you decide you don’t want “picture 4” in the lineup for your final product, you essentially have to remove “pictures 5-20” to then be able to change “picture 4.” It makes it tedious for the user.

The shipping was really fast. Our package came in two days instead of four.

Packaging is also great. It comes in a nifty cardboard box that keeps the photo book safe while being shipped. The book itself was smaller than I thought it was going to be, but the size is definitely adequate. The picture quality really depends on the quality of pictures that you submit. Our photo book came out great

Suggestions:

  • Enhance usability of the app
  • Add more features for customization of the photobook (text, borders, graphics, etc.)

 

 

 

Sticky9

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Do you love Instagram? Sticky9 transforms your Instagram photos into iPad covers, Instagram magnets and phone cases. Users do not have to download a app to create their personalized products, all they have to do is to connect their Instagram on to Sticky9’s site and they can create away. Sticky9 also provides free shipping worldwide so you can send your love ones something special.

Available on iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad Mini, Galaxy S3 and up. 

$34.99 and up sticky9.com

 

*AZTB was able to try out Sticky 9 and here is a quick review of the app/service.

The website was easy to navigate and connecting to our Instagram account was hassle-free because we did not need to create additional accounts. After connecting, the site also shows a list of your followers so that you can use their pictures as well. This is great if your friends have images that you really like! However, if your follower’s account is private, you would not have access to their pictures.

AZTB made an iPad cover, and there are 8 templates to choose from, ranging from 4 to 20 pictures. You can move the pictures around easily, and choose from a white or black border. We were able to finish everything in less than 10 minutes. Check out was also easy and hassle-free.

Shipping took longer than expected, however our package came from Europe, which explains why it took a while.

The iPad cover from Sticky9 was really nice, it works just like an Apple smart cover. The finish was nice and the pictures were printed out in high quality. The only con would be there is no back cover or an option to select a case with a back cover.