My summary of Lensa AI before using it – Lensa is a new AI app that lets users create avatars of themselves.
How does Lensa explain itself in the first minute? – When I search for Lensa AI in the app store, there are visuals of avatars and examples of using Lensa AI for professional retouching and editing of images.
How does Lensa AI work? – Users can generate “mind-blowing avatars from your photos with one of the most advanced AI ever created.” I can select a type for my avatar, choosing between humans and dogs & cats.
Once I’ve selected a type, I see a “what to expect ” with a checkbox to confirm that I’m 18/21+.
Once I’ve uploaded about 10 selfies, I land on a check out screen. This is somewhat unexpected since I thought I was on a free trial. By this time I’ve gone through the trouble of taking and creating my selfies, and I just want to create my avatar.
The copy on the check out screen suggests that Lensa AI is aware that some users might be thrown by having to pay for their avatar: “Magic Avatars consume tremendous computation power to create amazing avatars for you. It’s expensive, but we made it as affordable as possible.”
After a while, my pack of avatars is generated. The avatars feel pretty ‘safe’ and unspectacular 🙂 This is most probably due to the the limited variety in the ten selfies that I provided to Lensa’s AI.
Main learning point: Lensa AI has been incredibly popular and I can understand why. The app is easy to use and designed for users that want to make the most of their social media. At the same time, I see the security concerns about the storing of selfies uploaded as well as the avatars generated.
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