Google has announced the launch of three new experimental photography apps on iOS and Android, which are designed to allow the company to test technologies like object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding, and more.
Dubbed “appsperiments,” the apps – Storyboard, Selfissimo, and Scrubbies – were partly inspired by another Google app called Motion Stills, which helped “converts short videos into cinema-graphs and time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering technologies”.
Scrubbies lets you manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to create video loops of action scenes, funny faces, and replay moments. You can shoot a video directly in the app and then use swipe gestures to remix it.
Selfissimo is an automated selfie app that captures a stylish black and white photo each time you change to a new pose, sort of like a photo booth. The app lets you tap to start a photoshoot, and then it encourages you to adopt different poses. Each time it detects a pause in movement, it snaps a photo.
Storyboard app, currently only available on Android – transforms your videos into a storyboard-style layout as seen in comic books. The app will select one of six visual styles after a video is loaded into the app. Google claims that there are 1.6 trillion different possibilities of making comic strips using the app.
Credit: Google Research