Style transfer & computer vision as a service

The makers of the popular Prisma style-transfer app are branching into offering an SDK:

[U]nderstand and modify the content of an image by encapsulating powerful machine learning models in an easy-to-use REST API or SDK for iOS or Android apps.

One example use is Sticky AI, a super simple app for creating selfie stickers & optionally styling/captioning them.

According to TechCrunch, Prisma shares at least one investor with Fabby, the tech/SDK that Google acquired last week. Meanwhile, there’s also YOLO: Real-Time Object Detection:


This mass proliferation of off-the-shelf computer vision makes me think of Mom & Pop at Web scale: It’s gonna enable craziness like when Instagram was launched by two (!) guys thanks to the existence of AWS, OAuth, etc. It’ll be interesting to see how, thanks to Fabby & other efforts, Google can play a bigger part in enabling mass experimentation.


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