Google announces Appsperiments program, launches new Photography apps for Android and iOS

Google Storyboard, Selfissimo, and Scrubbies

Google today has announced appsperiments program with a focus on better usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology. The company has also launched three new apps based on the same program; Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies for Android and iOS.

Google appsperiments

Google says that ‘appsperimental’ approach was inspired by Motion Stills, which is an app developed by researchers at Google that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering technologies. They rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.  The first app among the list is the Storyboard; this is an app that transforms your videos into single-page comic layouts, entirely on the device.

You can even record a video and load it to storyboard which then will automatically select interesting video frames, lays them out, and applies any one of the six visual styles. You can change the visual style by simply swiping down. The Storyboard app is available only for Android as of now.

Moving along, the next in the list is the Selfissimo! which clicks a stylish black and white photo each time you pose. You can start the photoshoot simply by tapping the screen and you can stop it again by tapping the screen. It also lets you review the resulting images either by saving individual images or the entire shoot. Selfissimo! is available both for Android and iOS.

Last on the list is the Scrubbies lets you easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback thus producing video loops that highlight actions. You can also capture funny faces, and replay moments. All you need to do is just record a video in the app and then remix it with your fingertips.  Scrubbing with one finger plays the video and with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it. Scrubbies is an iOS exclusive app.

Download the Storyboard (Android), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS)