Part of the company’s new ‘Appsperiments’ program
Google just announced three new photography applications: Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS only). The releases are part of a new “appsperiments” program that Google just launched.
The new program was inspired by the company’s Motion Still aoo, which was released last year with the goal of taking technology in development from Google and turning it into actual apps. Like Motion Stills, the trio of new apps are fully functional software in their own right, but “built on experimental technology” that Google will continue to build out over time.
It’s an approach that sounds similar to Microsoft’s garage programme, which offers developers at the Redmont company a chance to create similar smaller, experimental apps.
The first app, Storyboard, takes video clips and automatically pulls out six frames which it lays out in a comic book-style template. You’ll be able to refresh the app to get new layouts and frames, with Google claiming that there are over 1.6 trillion combinations.
Next is the somewhat ridiculously named Selfissimo!, which is kind of like an automated black and white photo booth on your phone. Once you tap the screen to start a shoot, Selfissimo! will snap a picture every time you pose. The idea is to move around into different poses, with the app taking a picture every time you stop moving.
Lastly there’s Scrubbies, which lets you remix videos, DJ-style by quickly scrubbing back and forth through a clip to create video loops.
The three apps are available now for iOS and Android. And seeing as Google describes these as the first wave of “appsperiments,” it’s likely we’ll be seeing more of these experimental mini-apps soon.