Wombo, the makers of viral AI-generated artwork app Dream by Wombo, is again with one other new AI-powered app known as Wombo Me. The brand new AI avatar app from the Canadian startup allows you to flip a single selfie into a number of lifelike avatars.
Though there are a number of widespread AI avatar apps already available on the market, like Lensa AI, Wombo needs to offer customers a extra streamlined expertise when producing lifelike avatars. Not like different comparable apps that require you to submit quite a few selfies and wait a while earlier than getting your photos, Wombo Me solely requires one selfie and may generate photos virtually immediately, Wombo CEO Ben-Zion Benkhin advised TechCrunch in an interview.
Wombo Me is supposed to be extra enjoyable, versus useful. The app’s description notes you can share the avatars with your pals and throughout social media, and possibly even use them on platforms like LinkedIn and Tinder to seize each your professionalism and character.
The app allows you to do issues like attempt on the persona of celebrities, film characters or superheroes with a easy faucet. You can too attempt new hair colours, kinds or make-up traits, amongst different issues. Plus, you possibly can create gender-swapped photos of your self or reimagine your self as an enchanted character.
“As quickly as you put in it, the very first thing you see is a selfie display, so it asks you to only present a single picture after which as quickly as you press proceed, you see 10 photos of you in distinctive alternate realities,” Wombo’s head of AI Parshant Loungani advised TechCrunch. “And you’ll swipe proper or swipe left in a Tinder-like expertise to love it and reserve it. We plan on utilizing that suggestions to enhance the person’s id and the images that we generate to mainly perceive their desire and replace it the following time.”
When you’re performed swiping by means of the set of photos offered, you may have the selection to flick through a catalog or 5 to 10 totally different packs of avatars that embody photos of your self in LinkedIn-like headshots, Instagrammable photos, enchanted characters, cartoon characters, meme characters and extra. Some avatar packs are free, whereas others price $2.99, $3.99, $4.99 or $7.99.
Benkhin says Wombo Me offers high-quality photos which can be corresponding to, and even higher than, what’s out there available on the market proper now. Plus, he believes that because the output is produced from only a single picture virtually instantaneously, Wombo Me offers each ease of use and accessibility for customers.
He additionally thinks that whereas different comparable apps have a brief shelf life, the corporate sees a extra long-term and bold plan for Wombo Me, the place the flexibility to generate content material of a person from a single selfie will get tied right into a deeper platform expertise. For example, if a complete group of buddies is on the app and it has discovered what every particular person appears like, it has the potential to generate imagery of them collectively.
“There’s a social facet of it,” Benkhin mentioned. “The AI has discovered what every of us seem like and may generate imagery of us. Now you can begin robotically producing content material for social the place a number of individuals are doing one thing attention-grabbing. So we see the accessibility and single selfie benefit as a primary step. The long-term of the product is the place all the opposite differentiation goes to occur.”
Loungani famous that sooner or later, customers of the app might be requested to supply a 10- to 20-second voice clip together with video of them transferring their head in a sure method, as a way to then create a multimodal id of theirs. The id might then be used to generate content material like dancing movies or interactions with buddies.
Benkhin believes that though AI already performs an enormous function in shopper apps like Instagram and TikTok by way of curating feeds, the expertise will more and more be used for media creation sooner or later.
“We expect the following stage of that is AI for media creation, and never simply curation,” Benkhin mentioned. “And more and more, customers are going to be creating AI-generated media that they’re posting for socials. And in addition the platforms themselves are going to be creating customized content material for customers utilizing AI. And we expect that’s the following period on social media. We expect it’s an enormous alternative, and with each product and have we make, we’re taking a step in that course.”
The brand new app has some large footwear to fill, as its predecessor Dream by Wombo was a viral success and named Google’s “Greatest App” in the US final 12 months. The app has been downloaded greater than 47 million instances and seen $4.3 million in gross income, in accordance with knowledge offered to TechCrunch by mobile intelligence firm, data.ai. The app is at present ranked No. 30 for downloads in Graphics & Design on the U.S. App Retailer.