Rekkie started making smart snow goggles that have a heads-up digital data display that projects data at the top of your view area. I wouldn’t call these augmented reality since the goggles are simply overlaying data without being aware of what you’re looking at.
OpenAI announced on Tuesday the release of its newest picture-making machine POINT-E, which can produce 3D point clouds directly from text prompts. Existing systems like DreamFusion typically require multiple hours — and GPUs — to generate their images, Point-E only needs one GPU and a minute or two. Paper here, and code here.
Microsoft is already leveraging it in Bing and Microsoft Edge with its Image Creator tool, which lets users create images if web results don’t return what they’re looking for. Fashion design app CALA is using the DALL-E 2 API for a tool that allows customers to refine design ideas from text descriptions or images, while photo startup Mixtiles is bringing it to an artwork-creating workflow.
Pricing for the DALL-E 2 API varies by resolution. For 1024×1024 images, the cost is $0.02 per image; 512×512 images are $0.018 per image; and 256×256 images are $0.016 per image. Volume discounts are available to companies working with OpenAI’s enterprise team.
It appears several folks have gotten stable diffusion to work on the new Mac M1 (and M2’s). This is one of the really big advantages of a unified memory architecture in which the CPU and GPU can access the same memory without needing to be transported across a PCI bus first.