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Depthy Adds 3D Parallax to Your Google Camera Lens Blur Photos

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Thought Google Camera‘s only killer feature was software depth-of-field? Think again. A crafty developer has created Depthy, an open source program that adds a parallax effect to photos taken with Google Camera’s Lens Blur mode.

The program’s feat is accomplished by using Lens Blur’s depth mapping, which produces a three-dimensional model of the subject being captured in order to achieve the “blur” effect. Depthy essentially makes the map navigable, allowing you to pan around the image to see “behind” objects in frame. The effect is pretty mindblowing.

To try it out for yourself, simply upload a photo taken with Lens Blur to the Depthy website. The developer notes the project is a work in progress, but the tool seemed pretty polished in my tests. Unfortunately, there is no way to save your works yet and apply them to anything useful, but given its open source nature, it’s possible a developer can come along and work this into a wallpaper app down the road. For now, it’s just a neat tool to play with.

Have any cool images you want to share? Post them in the comments!

Via: Depthy
  • JeffColorado

    Two of mine

  • Higher_Ground

    Using the blur camera with a galaxy nexus, I can’t tell if the blur is through the effect or just the terrible camera in general…. because the entire photo is blurry.

    • JeffColorado

      If the entire photo is blurry it is not working correctly. Some of it should be in focus. I have a GN…the camera is bad by modern standards but it’s not THAT bad.

  • Mike

    Tarp Donaldson

  • Jordi Agricola

    Google Camera was supposedly “open”, right? It’d be great to have an extension of sorts for this!

  • Michael


  • KonArtiz

    I use afterfocus

  • Jonathan Bunch

    Why is this not an apk yet?

  • jwildman16

    Here is one of mine (hopefully Disqus does not remove the XMP data).

  • n900mixalot

    Can HTC please explain why they needed that second camera for the M8 because software development like this makes it seem totally unnecessary … In any case, I love this.

    • T4rd

      I believe the second camera allows it to be done much faster and more reliably.

      • Maxim∑

        the edge detection for the synthetic blurring is pretty bad on the M8, and with the 3D effect it literally kind of just warps the image

        • Jason Kahn
          • JolleyMan

            Blind test on pictures? Interesting.

          • Jason Kahn

            If you don’t know what phone took what picture the vote tends to be fairer

        • illregal

          Maybe you aren’t looking at these examples from this app.. Because the m8 totally dominates these examples. And you don’t need to get into a special shooting mode to do so.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Seriously. They threw all they had into that depth sensor/ultrapixel camera and it sucks… They’re gonna fail ;(

    • theotherguy

      The second camera allows it to be done automatically. In googles camera you must select the mode. With the m8 , as long as you’re in automatic mode you have the option of choosing the effect.

    • Kevin

      Like a heartbeat sensor. Amirite?

    • Tyler

      Do you want to click a button then snap a picture or for every picture do you want to have to raise your phone up of a still object.

    • JeffColorado

      My issue with HTC’s camera is not that the blur is superfluous (because it is definitely beneficial) but that the general quality of the M8’s pictures is so awful. Very washed out.