After Microsoft Research revealed they were working on a new video smoothing/stabilization technology last August with possible plans to implement it in a future unnamed Windows app, very little had been shared about the progress of their work or if the technology would ever be used in any significant way.
That all changed this week with the revelation of the Hyperlapse Mobile Beta app for Windows Phone currently being used by Microsoft’s internal testing group. The app appears to use the technology discussed previously to improve the image quality and clarity of videos.
In August, it was suggested that this technology would be ideal for first-person videos such as those shot with the popular GoPro camera. Microsoft Research explained, “We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyperlapse videos: time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera.”
While it’s possible this app could get a public release in the future, the technology could also be rolled into an existing app or simply used to improve future hardware. Stay tuned.