+ Thursday February 21st, 2019

Google is always playing with new ways to create things, and photography seems to be their interest at the moment – something we’re all quite grateful for. Today, they’ve launched three new, what they’re calling ‘appsperiments’.

These appsperiments are ‘usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology’, which utilise experimental Google technology in development. The apps, called Storyboard, Selfissimo and Scrubbies – Google says ‘rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies’ and apparently they’re fun.


The first app, called Storyboard is only available for Android, and makes single page comic layouts, storyboards if you will, in six visual styles based on ‘interesting’ frames selected automatically from the video by the app. Google says there’s 1.6 trillion possibilities that are possible, so it’s pretty decent.

It’s a little bit ‘cart before the horse’, with storyboards usually created before the video, but it’s definitely fun. You can check it out for yourself over on Google Play.

Price: Free


Are you a selfie addict? Then Selfissimo! can take stylish, black and white photos every time you pose with the app encouraging you to try out new poses, capturing a shot every time you stop moving. It’s a whole shoot, and at the end you can review the pictures in a contact sheet – just like in a real shoot – and you can either save the whole lot, or just the images you like.

Selfissimo is available for both iOS and Android, so you can download it from the Apple app store, or from Google Play.

Price: Free


Finally, the iOS only Scrubbies app which uses DJ style scrubbing to remix the video letting you move forward and backwards through the video with finger movements – a single finger plays video, two fingers captures the playback – producing video loops, capturing great movement, ‘funny faces’ and more.

If you have an iOS device you can download it from the Apple app store.

Google is looking for feedback on the apps, so if you use them and find issues or find a unique use for them then let them know about it.

Source: Google Research Blog.

Daniel Tyson  

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