Microsoft Pix Camera Update for iPhone and iPad Adds Prisma-Like Filters
It wasn’t too long ago when Prisma, an app that turns any mundane photo into a work of art, was the talk of the town. Now, Microsoft has released new features for Microsoft’s AI-powered camera app for iPhones and iPads. That automatically give snapshots stylistic flair reminiscent of masterpiece paintings and artsy photos hanging inside the famed galleries of Amsterdam, Paris and New York.
The update introduces a new feature called Pix Styles. which is similar to Prisma in that it transforms your images into pictures inspired by popular artistic styles, or adds effects such as making the photo look like it’s on fire. Microsoft explains that this feature doesn’t in fact add filters, but rather transfers textures, pattern, and tones to the photo. Pix Styles is being introduced with 11 styles including Glass, Petals, Bacau, Charcoal, Heart, Fire, Honolulu, Zing, Pop, Glitter, and Ripples, and the company says more will be added in the coming weeks.
Next up is Pix Paintings, which creates a time lapse of your picture being painted in real time in the style selected. This turns your picture into a GIF-like short clip that can be shared or saved.
“These are meant to be fun features,” says Microsoft’s Josh Weisberg. “In the past, a lot of our efforts were focused on using AI and deep learning to capture better moments and better image quality. This is more about fun. I want to do something cool and artistic with my photos.”
Notably, these new features like Pix Style will not use up your iPhone or iPad’s data plan as it does not need access the cloud to run its calculations, and will work directly on your device. Microsoft says this is part of a broader shift to push AI from cloud to devices at the “edge” of the network. This will help save up on data cost and will reduce wait times as well.
The new features are well-suited for creating unique imagery to share on social media. In fact, the Microsoft Pix team plans to feature a selection of freshly styled pictures tagged with #PixStyling on Pix’s Instagram.