Google launches three photography apps under “Appsperiments” program
Google has introduced three impressive photography apps which can be part of a fresh series that has dubbed as “Appsperiments”. Three new photography apps. The Storyboard , Selfissimo! and Scrubbies, these three new apps are a part of Google’s “appsperiments” program. Google claims it to be a usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology.
The blog post on ‘Research at Google’ explains ‘our “appsperimental” approach was inspired in part by Motion Stills, an app developed by researchers at Google that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering technologies. Our appsperiments replicate this approach by building on other technologies in development at Google.’ These new apps reply on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.
The new photography applications are “Storyboard” (available on Google Android only), “Selfissimo!” (available iOS and Google Android) and “Scrubbies” (available on iOS only).
The “Storyboard” app takes video clips and automatically pulls out six frames which it lays out in a comic book-style design template. It automatically selects interesting video frames, lays them out, and applies one of six visual styles. It seems to be a fun app which you won’t really get bored of as it has approximately 1.6 trillion different possibilities.
“Selfissimo!” is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white picture each time an individual poses. A user can simply tap on the screen to start the automated session that clicks an image with every pose change. Tapping again on the screen ends the session and the results are saved as individual images. The ‘Research at Google’ blog states that the app encourages you to pose and captures a photo whenever you stop moving.
“Scrubbies” lets the user easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces and replay moments. Google claims it is easy to use by simply shooting a video in the app and then remixing it by scratching it like a DJ. Google further explains that scrubbing with one finger plays the video and scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so that the user can save and share it.
The tech giant has, in addition, has urged users to test the new apps and provide feedback via the in-app feedback links.
Source- Business Today