Google Intro Sprayscape VR-ish Camera App for Android and Machine Learning in Google Photos

Google introduces Sprayscape: a perfectly imperfect VR-ish camera app for Android. And, machine intellignence to Google Photos, with new Cards automatically show up in the Assistant tab.

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Sprayscape, a perfectly imperfect VR-ish camera application is a quick hack using the phone's gyroscope to take pictures on the inside of a 360-degree sphere.

The new app for Android is launched by Google's Android Experiments, you just open the app, and point your phone, tap the screen to spray faces, places, or anything else onto your canvas.

Additionally, you can share your creations via a link in a text message or on social media with friends, google writes. Once shared, receivers can jump into your scapes and have a look around using their phones or Google Cardboard for a more immersive experience, google said.

Sprayscape on Google Play to download, as well its source code is released under open source license on GitHub.

In addition, a new research paper entitled "Jump: Virtual Reality Video" is published. Google will also present it at SIGGRAPH Asia in December.

Back in 2015, Google had introduced "Jump", platform for VR video capture to empower a wide range of creators to create great VR videos. With Jump, they built an omnidirectional stereo (ODS) video system, that provides a seamless projection "both panoramic (360) and stereoscopic (3D)," allowing the viewer to look in any direction.

"ODS can be stored in the same format as traditional video, making it ideal for post-production, streaming, and playback on mobile devices," google added. However, producing VR video using ODS presents a number of challenges—that's where Jump Assembler took place.

There was also no practical system for producing ODS video.

Further Google explaining said, to develop Jump camera rig, "we analyzed design space parameters such as number of cameras needed, field of view, and rig sizes to create a 'sweet spot' design that can be built with off-the-shelf cameras (it's a sweet 16)." "These efforts are the basis for GoPro Odyssey, the first Jump rig."

Lastly, Google said it developed an algorithm as well that "automatically stitches seamless high-quality ODS video by performing view interpolation based on a new approach for temporally coherent optical flow," google explained. This algorithm is the core of Jump Assembler, "which has processed millions of frames of professionally produced VR video," added Google.

Here are a few animations that show how Jump Assembler works:

Jump Assembler ODS video system

You can read more on the Jump, via this paper, visit Jump at website.

In other news today, four new features powered by machine learning for Google Photos make their way on Android, iOS and the web including:

First, as your photo library grow, Google Photos will now rediscover old memories of the people in your most recent photos.

Second, you will occasionally see a card of the best ones from the most recent highlights from your photos.

In addition to animations from photos, Photos will now make animations from your videos, too.

When creating animations, Google notes, that not just any video, "they look for segments that capture activity — a jump into the pool, or even just an adorable smile.".

Finally, a card will now help you easily find and put "sideways pictures in your collection," right side up, google said.

Cards will automatically show up in the Assistant tab of Google Photos when they're ready.

Google Photos gets machine learning Google Photos new animations

Google Arts & Culture has created "Curio-cité", a way of rediscovering cities around the world by following along with guides, artists and experts.

The first episode of which takes place in Paris, invites you to explore the Tour Paris 13, the largest collective exhibition of street art ever produced.

Explore digital content and exhibitions curated by David and our partner, the City of Paris — like a 360° immersive tour of the historic Papeteries de la Seine, a paper mill that was closed in 2011.

For a full 360° experience, you can put on your Google Cardboard, or get Curio-cité free on the web, iOS and Android.

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