Looking to create a cartoon emoji version of yourself? This new AI app can help.
Chudo is a new deep learning-based messenger app that can turn users into personalized cartoon characters. “Each avatar is unique and personalized to its user,” the company explained. “In Chudo you can be anyone you want: a human digital copy of yourself, a unicorn, a rabbit or even a tiger!” Developed by startup Magic Unicorn, a new member of the NVIDIA Inception Program, Chudo is the company’s flagship product. “Our team believes that the future of online communication lies in AI. We’re confident in Chudo’s cutting edge technologies attracting millions of users and providing them the most entertaining and unique experience of communicating online,” said Ashot Gabrelyanov, CEO of Magic Unicorn.
In the back end, Magic Unicorn relies on NVIDIA TITAN V GPUs, with the cuDNN-accelerated TensorFlow deep learning framework to train their models.
Chudo relies on a proprietary data set of over 20,000 3D face scans. In May of this year, the company added the ability to generate human-like characters. “The process of avatar generation starts by constructing a user’s 3D face model from a selfie shot,” company engineers explained. “With this single photo, one neural network builds a 3D mesh of the user’s head. Then the mesh goes through the automatic stylization process that makes it look more cartoonish. Afterwards, it is used as a basis of the avatar’s head.” “Next, other neural networks swing into action. Face parts such as hair, eyebrows, facial hair and colors are classified and synthesized (generated) onto the mesh in the appropriate style,” the engineers added.
Once the avatar is generated, facial expressions are captured with a CNN and then reflected onto a user’s 3D face model. Chudo’s ML models can process up to 60 frames per second and recognize an innumerable quantity of micro-expression combinations, the company said.
The company says Chudo has an advantage over current avatar generating applications due to their cross-platform application (iOS and Android), as well as their automatic personalization powered by AI.