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Google announces 3 experimental camera apps to test its algorithms

Google has announced three new camera apps for Android and iOS to test its experimental algorithm and research technologies.

  • Published: December 14, 2017 3:42 PM IST
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Google has released three new experimental photo apps for Android and iOS platforms. With smartphones essentially becoming the first camera for most consumers around the world, Google says these apps will only enhance the photos captured with them. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship

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Google notes in its Research blog that these apps are inspired by Motion Stills, an app developed by researchers to convert short videos into cinemagraphs, and time lapses using its stabilization technologies. Now, the same researchers have released three new apps Storyboard, Selfissimo and Srubbies that rely on object recognition, person segmentation, and stylization algorithms. The Storyboard and Scrubbies apps are available exclusively on Android and iOS respectively, while Selfissimo is available on both the platforms. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before

Storyboard Android app transforms videos into single-page comic layouts. Android users simply need to shoot a video and load it in Storyboard. The transformation into single-page comic layout happens entirely on device. The app automatically selects interesting video frames, lays them out, and applies one of the six visual styles. Users can either save the comic or pull down to refresh and instantly produce a new one with approximately 1.6 trillion possibilities.

Selfissimo, an app available for both Android and iOS, focuses on the selfie aspect of smartphone photography. The app shoots a black and white photo each time you pose, and the whole process is automated. Users need to simply tap the screen to start a photoshoot, and the app encourages users to pose and captures whenever you stop moving. One can end the session by tapping the screen again and review the final pictures. There is an option to save individual images or the entire shoot. This will work wonders among millennials.

The Scrubbies iOS app allows users to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback. Users need to shoot a video in the app, and then remix by simply scratching it an action popularized by disk jockeys. Scrubbing the video with one finger plays the video while scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback with option to save or share it.

Google is using its AI and machine learning technologies to test features via its “appsperimental” approach. The features based on its popularity will be baked into core Google applications like Google Camera.

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  • Published Date: December 14, 2017 3:42 PM IST



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