Wombo, the creator of the viral AI-generated art app Wombo’s Dream, is back with another new AI-powered app called Wombo Me. A new AI avatar app from a Canadian startup lets you turn a selfie into multiple lifelike avatars.
Although there are many popular AI avatar apps already on the market, such as Lensa AI, Wombo wants to give users a more streamlined experience when creating lifelike avatars. Unlike other similar apps that require you to submit multiple selfies and wait hours before your images are captured, Wombo Me only requires one selfie and can generate images almost instantly, it said. Wombo CEO Ben-Zion Benkhin told TechCrunch in an interview.
The Wombo Me is meant to be more fun, as opposed to functional. The app description says that you can share avatars with your friends and across social media, and maybe use them on platforms like LinkedIn and Tinder to capture your professionalism and personality.
The app lets you do things like try on the persona of celebrities, movie characters, or superheroes with a simple tap. You can also try new hair colors, styles, or makeup trends, among other things. Additionally, you can create gender-swapped images of yourself or re-imagine yourself as an enchanted character.
“When you install it, the first thing you see is a selfie screen, so it asks you to provide just one image and when you continue to proceed, you see 10 picture you in amazing alternative realities,” Wombo’s head of AI Parshant Loungani told TechCrunch. “And you can swipe right or swipe left in a Tinder-like experience to like it and save it. We plan to use that feedback to improve user identity and the photos that we do it to understand what they want and update it next time.”
Once you’ve finished swiping through the set of images provided, you have the option to browse a catalog or five to 10 different avatar packs that include images of yourself in headshots. such as LinkedIn, Instagrammable photos, enchanted characters, cartoon characters, meme characters and more. Some avatar packs are free, while others cost $2.99, $3.99, $4.99 or $7.99.
Benkhin says the Wombo Me provides high-quality images that are comparable to, or better than, what’s available on the market today. In addition, he believes that since the output is made from just one image almost instantly, Wombo Me provides ease of use and accessibility for users.
He also thinks that while other similar apps have a short shelf life, the company sees a longer term and ambitious plan for Wombo Me, where the ability to create content in a user from a selfie tied to a deeper experience of the platform. For example, if a whole group of friends is in the app and knows what each person looks like, it has the potential to create images together.
“There’s a social aspect to it,” Benkhin said. “AI has learned what each of us looks like and can create images of us. Now you can start automatically creating content for social where many people are doing something interesting. So we see accessibility and a selfie advantage as a first step. The long term of the product is where all the differences will happen.”
Loungani noted that in the future, app users may be asked to provide a 10 to 20 second voice clip along with the video of them moving their head in a certain way, so they can create a multimodal identity in them. Identity can be used to create content such as dancing videos or interactions with friends.
Benkhin believes that although AI plays a large role in consumer applications such as Instagram and TikTok in terms of curating feeds, the technology will be used more for media production in the future.
“We think the next stage of this is AI for media production, and not just curation,” Benkhin said. “And more and more, users will create AI-generated media that they post for social. And also the platforms themselves will create a personalized content for users using AI. And we think that the next era of social media. We think this is a huge opportunity, and with every product and feature we make, we take a step in that direction.
The new app has some big shoes to fill, as its predecessor Dream by Wombo was a viral success and was named Google’s “Best App” in the United States last year. The app has been downloaded more than 47 million times and has seen $4.3 million in gross revenue, according to data provided to TechCrunch by mobile intelligence firm, data.ai.