Google’s Research Launches 3 New AI-Powered Photography Apps
Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have improved over the years, and they’ve resulted in some pretty incredibly tools already. But the possibilities are limitless. Take Google Research’s latest experiments, for example: It’s been using AI to improve mobile photography, most notably in the Google Pixel series’ high dynamic range (HDR) post-processing. On Monday, it launched Appsperiments, an prototypical suite of applications that explore the possibilities of mobile photo-taking.
The idea behind Appsperiments sprung from Google’s Motion Stills application. For the uninitiated, Motion Stills is an application that converts short smartphone videos into cinemagraphs and animated time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering techniques. The folks at Google applied some of those same techniques to in other contexts, and Appsperimental was the result.
First up is an application for Android called Storyboard. Here’s how it works: You record a video with your smartphone, and the application transforms that footage into single-page comic book layout. You basically grab a clip, upload it to the application, and let Google’s algorithms do the trick — it’ll automatically select interesting video frames, lay them out, and apply one of six visual styles to each one. The company says there are roughly 1.6 trillion different possibilities.
Selfissimo, another app in Google’s Appsperiments collection, snaps stylish black-and-white selfie photos when you strike the perfect pose. It’s as easy as tapping the screen, which begins the impromptu photo shoot, and it’ll even encourage you to pose as it captures pictures.
Last up in Google’s spate of new AI is an iOS-only application called Scrubbies. The idea’s to make it easier to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback: You can generate video loops that highlight exciting moments, for example, or capture funny faces.
Storyboard and Selfissimo are available now on the Google Play Store and App Store, and Scrubbies is exclusive to the App Store.
Source: Google Research Blog