Google Research “Appsperiments” on Mobile Photo Applications

Google Research on Monday introduced Appsperiments (acronym for Apps Experiment) to explore the potentials of mobile photography, with slew of new apps (actually 3, namely: Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies) available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play.

While the first installment of the series of photography appsperiments will focus on usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on what it calls "experimental" technology.

The experimental technologies includes: style-focused algorithms, object recognition, person segmentation, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, among others.

Appsperiments is inspired in part by Motion Stills, an app developed by researchers at Google that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering technologies.

Motion Stills was originally developed to make iOS’s Live Videos less shaky, and later a variation of that app was extended to Android to offer a new recording experience for shooting sharable video clips.

The project is intended to avail the company a way to test out more experimental features and see how users respond to the enhancements.

So, Google is inviting users to try them out and report what they think, using the in-app feedback links. The feedback and ideas from the new and creative ways people use appsperiments will help guide some of the technology Google builds around it.
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