Not to be outdone, Prisma the app that popularized the art filter craze when it launched this summer, racking up more than70 million downloads by October conducted its own demo yesterday.
Co-founder Alexey Moiseenkov broadcast a demo of Prismas style transfer technology working in real-time via Facebooks Live platform, and used it as an opportunity to hold a Q&A session for viewers (full video embedded below).
I want to give a hello to Mark, and his videos, said Moiseenkov during the Prisma-filtered Facebook Live broadcast, which lasted around half an hour. This is of course live from a device, and only the Internet thanks Mark for the Live API to sharing this video.
I hope someone is watching me, he added, before getting into his stride and answering questions in English and Russian.
He alsochanged the filter multiple times, panning around his home in Moscow. I do not have a dog but I have a refrigerator, he joked a reference to Zuckerberg posting a demo of Facebooks style transfer applied to a video of his pet dog.
Facebook is not the only tech giant working on AI-powered art filtering. Yesterday Google published a blogentitled supercharging style transfer, which detailed its work on a single specialized neural network that lets users mix different styles to create a single image with multiple input styles. So the competition for Prisma as the plucky little startup could hardlybe greater.
Its really cool that Google and Facebook are trying to copy thisbut I think thats the evidencethat style transfer and all this on-device deep learning stuff matters a lot for every big company in the world, addedMoiseenkov, responding to a question about competition during theLive broadcast.
There was early speculation as to whether the Prisma team would get acquired. In the event, they have continueddeveloping the feature-set of their app in the face of platform giants intent on cloning their USP.
We want to bring the ultimate way to express yourself in terms of videos, and also augmented reality and all this stuff I think thats huge because its changed the emotional experience, addedMoiseenkov.
The most obvious advantage of filtered videos is a way to encourage more people to create and share video content, given its effectively applying a stylized mask to what you see therebyoffering a neatworkaround for confidence (or even perceptions of privacy) issues that might be preventing certain users from sharing. It seems likethe kind of augmented reality a lot of people could quickly get behind.
So its not hard to see why Facebook is scrambling to launchits own style transfer filters as quickly as possible. (Looking forward to getting this in your hands soon! saidCEO Mark Zuckerberg after yesterdays demo of Facebooks prototype.) Point being the tech giant is looking for waysto encourage usersto do more personal and original sharing to combat a softening on that front.
In Prismas case, Moiseenkov saidthe live feature would be launching in the next few days perhaps later this week with its iOS app first in line to get the new capability. Its not clear when Android users will get the feature, although he confirmed itwould be coming to the app.
Moiseenkov also confirmed processing is done locally, on device, although he noted that users obviously still need an Internet connection to broadcast viathe Facebook Liveplatform.
I think there are no limitations for this technology at all Only matters of time, he added.