Calgary-based EyeQ follows vision to be world leader in image correction software – Calgary Herald

Launched and headquartered in Calgary, EyeQ Imaging has grown to be a world leader in intelligent imaging correction, with offices in six countries.
Co-founder, president and CEO Brad Malcolm began a career in corporate tax accounting after graduating with a bachelor of commerce from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He says he has always had an insatiable curiosity for solving problems, and in 2001 left Ernst & Young to follow his passion with a technology startup — Athentech — to tackle the problem of image correction.
As president of the company that created Perfectly Clear — the core technology in the company’s imaging solutions — Malcolm negotiated millions of dollars in deals and international partnerships with many of the largest companies in the photography and mobile phone spaces.
Rebranded EyeQ Imaging in 2019 to help support the evolution of the company and take it to new heights, Perfectly Clear is used to automatically correct more than 51 billion photographs every year.
A month ago it launched Perfectly Clear AI using a powerful balance of unique technologies, including AI image enhancement, AI pre-set selection, and AI skin tone accuracy. These technologies produce stunning image quality that enhances photos immediately — in both real time and post processing with professional-grade editing capabilities.
It allows businesses to achieve precisely edited photos instantly, regardless of the original image quality.
“Perfectly Clear AI marries the past 20 years of experience and analysis of images with cutting-edge artificial intelligence to robustly deliver the best image possible, automatically,” says Jeff Stephens, co-founder and chief technology officer.
“Our correction automatically and instantly applies the same types of adjustments that professional retouchers and editors would tediously do manually. The result is clear and crisp images with fabulous faces in any lighting, vivid vibrancy of all colours, including brilliant blue skies and fantastic foliage, all while recovering the details in highlights and ensuring correct colours with no tint.”
Today, EyeQ’s photo enhancement technology is embedded in cellphones, photo kiosks and dating sites.
“It’s no secret that people like photos that they look their best in,” says Malcolm. “Some of our happiest customers are cruise ships. Norwegian Cruise Lines says since implementing Perfectly Clear for its portrait business, it recorded a volume of sales increase of about 12 per cent over the summer period one year to the next.”
The largest print shops in Japan, Brazil, Australia, and throughout Europe and the U.S. use the technology in photo books, school yearbooks and calendars; Hallmark is a prestigious customer for its online card service.
“What differentiated EyeQ is the passion of our entire team — including engineers, colour scientists, mathematicians and physicists — for continued innovation to push the boundaries of what is possible,” Malcolm says.
A new offering this year is real-time AI video enhancement technology.
The Calgary startup is now recognized as the leading provider of technology that makes photos and videos look stunning, automatically.
From his Calgary office, Malcom directs staffs in the United States, Mexico, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and China.
Notes:
• Alex Rodrigues was born in Calgary and educated here until he went to the University of Waterloo, where he honed his passion for robotics and self-driving cars. He left Canada for San Francisco in 2016 to pursue his dreams and co-founded Embark, a company that concentrates exclusively on software and associated services that will power self-driving trucks. Earlier this month, his parents flew to New York from their home in Calgary to witness their 26-year-old CEO son ring the NASDAQ opening bell to commemorate the listing of Embark at a valuation of US$5.2 billion.
• Investment into commercial real estate in the Calgary area continues to be strong with the recent sale of Towerlane Centre and Airdrie Village in downtown Airdrie. The successful closure of the 249,817-square-foot retail centre was negotiated by Jason Cottle and Tosh Findlay of RBC Capital Markets Real Estate Group to buyer RealStream Income Properties, based in Comox, B.C. — its first investment in Alberta.
David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected] .
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