Lehi, UT—A global service for discovering the past, MyHeritage released its AI Time Machine. This fun feature creates images of a person in different time periods throughout history using text-to-image AI technology. Moreover, the hyperrealistic results are easily shared on social media or used as profile photos.
AI Time Machine is based on stable diffusion and technology licensed by MyHeritage from Astria. That company specializes in tailor-made AI image generation
“At MyHeritage, we’re constantly developing cool new ways to connect people to their family history,” said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Over the past three years we released many successful features that use the power of AI to bring historical photos to life.
“AI Time Machine is a new twist on this theme, inviting you to travel to the past and see yourself as you might have looked at the time of your ancestors.”
MyHeritage AI Time Machine
In addition, the feature is easy to use. Users upload 10–25 photos of the same individual taken in various settings and poses. A model of the individual is then created and cast as a protagonist in dozens of predefined themes set in different historical eras.
With only a few clicks, anyone can see themselves as an ancient Greek warrior, an Egyptian pharaoh, a medieval knight, a Victorian lady, a 1960’s hippie or an astronaut in space. Further, they can download the images as a set of eight or individually, for sharing.
“We are delighted to collaborate with MyHeritage to apply our technology to the field of family history,” said Alon Burg, cofounder and CEO of Astria. “Generative AI is an exhilarating new frontier. We’re very excited that this integration will create fun and meaningful experiences for millions of people worldwide.”
While highly realistic, images generated by AI Time Machine are created by artificial intelligence. As such, they are not authentic photographs. As per MyHeritage’s commitment to responsible AI, watermarks are added to all images generated by AI to distinguish them from authentic photos.
AI Time Machine is available on desktop and via mobile web browser. The feature is free at launch for a limited period (with a limit of one model and 50 themes per user, for a total of 400 images).
After that, MyHeritage will offer it as a paid feature. A one-time purchase will allow users to upload photos to create a model of one person and generate 160 images with up to 20 themes. Users with a MyHeritage Complete plan will enjoy a higher usage quota at no additional cost.
What’s more, AI Time Machine is the latest addition to the suite of photo technologies from MyHeritage. The technologies improve old family photos. The company offers advanced AI technologies for animating, repairing, enhancing as well as colorizing historical photos
The company’s suite of photo features includes Deep Nostalgia, which animates the faces in still photos. Moreover, Photo Repair automatically fixes scratches and creases, while MyHeritage Photo Enhancer brings blurry faces into focus.
MyHeritage In Color automatically colorizes black-and-white photos as well as restores the colors in faded photos. Finally, DeepStory makes family photos speak. Collectively, consumers have used these features more than 200 million times since their release.