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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 go looking by way of hundreds of work to find a look-alike for your pet. The corporate says its “Pet Portraits” characteristic 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 characteristic a similar-looking animal. The method solely takes a number of seconds, and as a bonus you’ll have the ability to faucet on the items of paintings to study 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 have been combined — whereas the app was in a position to generate a good looking (okay, principally tan) coloration palette based mostly on his fur, many of the art doppelgängers (as Google places it) didn’t find yourself wanting very like him in any respect.

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The facial features is analogous, however the coloring is just not.

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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 instrument additionally lets you add pictures as an alternative of utilizing the dwell digicam, which is nice information if your pet is a bit photo-shy or if you wish to experiment with completely different angles. It’s also possible to strive 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 numerous enjoyable to mess around with. Plus, you’re like me and don’t get to see what your pet would seem like painted by Monet or da Vinci, the app additionally has a filter that lets you apply a well-known artist’s type to your footage.

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That is what I want I’d discovered.

If you wish to strive 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 characteristic the place you can evaluate an image of your self to portraits — maybe, if the celebrities align, you can use the options in conjunction to find a chunk of paintings that options look-alikes of you and your pet.

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