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Google’s Pet Portraits lets you find art look-alikes for your furry friend

Google has announced an exciting new feature for its Arts and Tradition app: the flexibility to look by 1000’s of work to find a look-alike for your pet. The corporate says its “Pet Portraits” function will let you take an image of a canine, cat, fish, chicken, reptile, horse, or rabbit, and have a machine studying algorithm find items of art that function a similar-looking animal. The method solely takes a couple of seconds, and as a bonus you’ll be capable to faucet on the items of art work to be taught extra about them. You possibly can even save a video slideshow of your outcomes.

I attempted out Pet Portraits on my cat, Aslan, and the outcomes had been blended — whereas the app was capable of generate a ravishing (okay, principally tan) colour palette primarily based on his fur, a lot of the art doppelgängers (as Google places it) didn’t find yourself trying very like him in any respect.

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The facial features is comparable, however the coloring isn’t.

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Okay, this one’s spot on.

It additionally missed the most obvious look-alike for my boy (although in its protection I don’t assume Google is aware of my cat’s title).

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Left: Aslan, owned by me. Proper: Aslan, owned by Disney.

The device additionally lets you add images as an alternative of utilizing the reside digital camera, which is sweet information if your pet is a bit photo-shy or if you wish to experiment with completely different angles. It’s also possible to attempt it out with your co-worker’s pets — maybe use the outcomes to make enjoyable of them within the replies to their fourth puppy tweet this week?

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Utilizing Frank yields some a lot better matches.

Pet image: Tom Warren

Whereas I didn’t get nice outcomes, it’s nonetheless lots of enjoyable to mess around with. Plus, you’re like me and don’t get to see what your pet would appear like painted by Monet or da Vinci, the app additionally has a filter that lets you apply a well-known artist’s model to your footage.

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That is what I want I’d discovered.

If you wish to attempt it out on your personal pet, you can obtain the Google Arts and Tradition app on the App Store or the Play Store. The app additionally has a function the place you can examine an image of your self to portraits — maybe, if the celebrities align, you can use the options in conjunction to find a chunk of art work that options look-alikes of you and your pet.

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