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'Deep Nostalgia' AI tech animates old photos and brings them to life

MAR 11, 2021

MyHeritage is an online genealogy platform with web, mobile, and software products and services that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company MyHeritage in 2003. Users of the platform can create family trees, upload and browse through photos, and search through over 12.5 billion historical records, among other features. As of 2020, the service supports 42 languages and has more than 50 million users worldwide who have built around 52 million family trees. (Source :Wikipedia)

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MyHeritage has launched a new AI-powered service, Deep Nostalgia. This new service animates family photos (or other photos) to allow users to 'experience your family history like never before.'

Deep Nostalgia uses AI licensed from D-ID to turn still images into animated photos like the Live Photos feature in iOS portraits in the 'Harry Potter' films.

Deep Nostalgia helps to create videos of facial animations using AI. For example, an old black and white still portrait of a man starts moving its head, blinking and smiling at the camera.

MyHeritage prepared several drivers for Deep Nostalgia, which are applied to a face in a still photo. One can animate all the faces in a photo, such as in a family portrait, although a separate animation must be created for each face.

The technology automatically selects an animation sequence for a face, but users can select a different sequence as well. The animation sequences are based on genuine human gestures.

If you want to try Deep Nostalgia, you need to sign up for a free MyHeritage account. Once you sign up, you can begin uploading images, which are animated and turned into a GIF. If you don't complete signup process, MyHeritage states that any images you upload will be deleted automatically to protect the user's privacy.

If you are uploading small or blurry images, MyHeritage's Photo Enhancer will enhance your photos before the animation is applied, as Deep Heritage requires a high-resolution face.

It's a good idea to bring old photos back to life. For many people, their only connection to family members featured in old photographs is the image itself. They may never have seen them in person. In many cases, including those shared by different users on Twitter, Deep Nostalgia produces pretty impressive results.

Deep Nostalgia is a fascinating technology that can create impressive results. It touches our emotional cord, When we animate photos of loved ones- who are no more with us.

According to MyHeritage, 'Some people love the Deep Nostalgia feature and consider it magical, while others find it creepy and dislike it. Indeed, the results can be controversial, and it's hard to stay indifferent to this technology.'

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