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Google releases a trio of experimental camera apps

Google has released a trio of free photo apps and these were created as experiments by different departments of the company. The mobile apps include a photo booth which can detect a user posing, a tool that turns videos into a stylised comic book panel, and a way to remix videos like a DJ's turntable. The company is calling the free downloads Appsperiments (a not very witty combination of the words apps and experiments). The tools offer a peek into the future of smartphone photography, which will increasingly rely on effects created by software. The apps, which are available on the iOS App Store and Google Play, give Google a way to test out more experimental features to see how users respond, the company explains in an announcement on its Google Research blog. The three apps in question are called Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies. [caption id="attachment_178522" align="aligncenter" width="712"] Google's Storyboard app turns videos into comic strips.[/caption] First up is the Android-only Storyboard turns videos into single-page comic layouts on your device. This free app uses artificial intelligence to analyze a video and select “interesting” frames to create a single-page, comic-style layout by applying one of six different visual styles. Available both for Android and iOS is Selfissimo, as the name suggests, focuses on selfies. The post on Google's Research blog says that the app eliminates that awkwardness users experience when trying to reach for the shutter button with their arm extended. Described as “an automated selfie photographer,” Selfissimo! takes a…

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