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WhatsApp's New AI Avatar Generator: Because Who Doesn't Want to Be a Space Explorer?

July 04, 2024

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Ever thought about seeing yourself as a medieval knight, or perhaps lounging on a tropical island? Well, WhatsApp is gearing up to make those dreams a digital reality with its latest AI-driven feature. Spotted in the WhatsApp Beta for Android 2.24.14.7 by the ever-vigilant folks at WABetaInfo, this new generative AI tool promises to let users create personalized avatars that can place them in virtually any setting imaginable. From enchanted forests to the far reaches of outer space, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination.

Collage of Different Avatars in a Green Background
Essentially, WhatsApp's upcoming feature will allow users to generate customized avatars using a blend of their own photos, text prompts, and the powerful Meta AI Llama model. The process is pretty straightforward: users will need to take a few photos of themselves which will then be used to train Meta's AI to recognize and reproduce their likeness in various settings. Once that's done, generating an avatar is as simple as typing "Imagine me" followed by a description of the desired scene in a Meta AI chat or in any WhatsApp conversation with the prompt "@Meta AI imagine me...".

The idea is that you could see yourself chilling on a beach, exploring alien worlds, or even as a heroic figure in an epic fantasy. The AI-generated images are reminiscent of other popular apps like Lensa AI or Snapchat's "Dreams" feature, providing a fun and creative way to see yourself in a new light.

While this feature sounds like a lot of fun, it's also entirely optional. Users will need to manually enable it in the WhatsApp settings, and importantly, they can delete their reference images anytime via the Meta AI settings. This ensures that those who prefer to keep their selfies off AI training datasets can do so with ease.

When can you start transforming into your dream avatar? Well, that's still a bit up in the air. WhatsApp hasn't provided a specific timeline for the general availability of this Imagine AI selfie feature. Considering that they're still in the process of rolling out support for their Meta AI chatbot and real-time AI image generation for US users, it might be a while before everyone gets to play around with this new tool. Given past hiccups with generative AI tools, Meta is likely taking its time to ensure everything runs smoothly.

So, keep an eye out for updates if you're eager to see yourself as a space explorer or a forest elf. WhatsApp's new AI avatar generator is on the horizon, and it promises to bring a touch of magic to your digital self-expression.

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