Last year, Google’s experimental division launched a camera app for iOS devices called Motion Stills which allowed users to create cool time-lapse videos and GIFs. The app was such a success that in July this year, Google also released the app for Android. Building on the success of its Motion Stills app, Google has just released three brand new experimental camera apps for Android and iOS.
These three apps are the first installment in a series of experimental apps that Google has planned to release. In a blog post published on its “Google Research Blog”, the company has this to say, “Today, we’re launching the first installment of a series of photography dubbed as “appsperiments”: usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology.”
The company further mentioned that the new “appsperiments” project was partly inspired by Motion Stills and uses the same underlying principle of providing users with a fun creative experience. The apps use object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, and efficient image encoding and decoding technologies to perform different cool actions. Let’s take a quick look at the apps shall we:
StoryboardStoryboard transforms your videos into single-page comic layouts, entirely on device. Simply shoot a video and load it in Storyboard. The app automatically selects interesting video frames, lays them out, and applies one of six visual styles. Save the comic or pull down to refresh and instantly produce a new one. There are approximately 1.6 trillion different possibilities! The sad thing is this app is only available for Android.
SelfissimoSelfissimo! is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a stylish black and white photo each time you pose. Tap the screen to start a photoshoot. The app encourages you to pose and captures a photo whenever you stop moving. Tap the screen to end the session and review the resulting contact sheet, saving individual images or the entire shoot. Both the iOS and Android users can able access this app.
ScrubbiesScrubbies lets you easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce delightful video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Shoot a video in the app and then remix it by scratching it like a DJ. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it and the Sad thing is it is only for iOS and Android users can’t able use this.
Try them out and tell us what you think about the features in the comments sections below.