This Silicon Valley-based startup just announced at the on-going CES 2018 in Las Vegas the availability of an Augmented Reality (AR) smartphone app that will let you make a hologram out of a selfie video & then send it as a message. A 2nd app takes a photo & removes the background, substituting it with a different one or with an animated video.
AiFi is specialized in computer vision and AR & has been involved in a new industry segment known as Smart Retail. With it, they want to “redefine the future of shopping by using machine learning (ML) to create autonomous shopping experiences at all scales, from small mom & pop stores to gigantic supermarkets & beyond.”
To highlight their technology, engineered by computer vision experts, which can be deployed to retail, entertainment, smart cities & other niches, it has developed these 2 apps. Holo Messenger showcases consumer-facing AR & messaging by letting you turn yourself into a hologram, just like the characters in Star Wars, that you can deliver to other users or share in social media.
WonderLens, which works on the iPhone & iPad, lets you put yourself or your friends in imaginative scenes by substituting in real time the background of photos with a concert video, a ballpark, a waterfall, or anything else that comes to mind. The app allows you to segment images & ‘transport’ them someplace else. It already has a growing library of backgrounds that you can choose from.
AiFi is based in Santa Clara California, USA & you can get WonderLens for free from the Apple App Store here. Holo Messenger is scheduled to be available soon.
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