Fire TVs will soon use AI to generate art from voice prompts to use as custom wallpapers

Photo via TechRadar

When Amazon introduced the new Fire TV 2-Series and new smaller sized Fire TV Omni QLED Series smart TVs last week, it also previewed a new AI-powered art feature coming later this year. Fire TV owners will be able to ask Alexa to generate custom art from any voice prompt and then set that unique art piece as the background image on the TV.

Several artificial intelligence art projects, such as DALL-E, have gained popularity recently and it looks like Amazon is having a go at it on Fire TV devices, according to TechRadar and TrustedReviews. Amazon showed off the ability to ask Alexa on the Fire TV Omni QLED Series smart TV to generate custom art through a voice prompt. The prompt “Alexa, create a background that shows a medieval castle on mars” generated the image seen above in a matter of seconds. The image can then be set as the background image in the Fire TV Ambient Experience, which turns on automatically when a person is detected in the room to display art and information through widgets.

If the generated photo isn’t good enough, you can select a Show More button to see three additional AI-generated options. If you still don’t like the alternatives, you can ask for the art to be refined, such as asking for the art to use a specific painting style, like watercolor, or to be similar to a certain artist’s style, like Vincent van Gogh. Of course, you can also start over with an entirely new prompt.

It seems like this feature is going to be limited to the ambient experience screen on the Fire TV Omni QLED TVs when it’s released later this year. Amazon could add it to Fire TV devices without the ambient experience as a way to spice up the screensaver with custom art pieces, but that option hasn’t been discussed as far as I can tell.

  1. Mark says:

    Skynet is real…

  2. Adam says:

    This is outside the box thinking that actually contributes something novel the streaming experience.

    Very nice.

  3. Mark says:

    Novel is right. Will grow old sooner than later. 1 picture. That’s it. No ‘slide’ function I gather from the description. Pass on “ambient” feature.

    • Adam says:

      Hmm, Im not sure where you’re getting that. From what Elias wrote, its responsive to a vocal description of a desired scene. So the sky, the ground, and beyond are the limit as to variety, depending only upon your ability to articulate something.
      And even within only the offered description, a medieval castle on mars, I don’t see anything saying the AI isn’t ever being updated with new information. So there is nothing currently saying that that description won’t result in an entirely different picture after a certain period of time.
      Am I misreading what Elias wrote, or misunderstanding your concern?

    • Adam says:

      Ah, rereading, you mean only one picture at a time.
      Sorry, got it.
      I suppose that might bug someone, but I’m usually pretty content with the single background on my app launcher, and change it when I feel the urge. A slide function would be nice, but a single background that is custom generated in an AI by me is pretty cool too.

  4. c ag says:

    “the Fire TV Ambient Experience, which turns on automatically when a person is detected in the room”
    Big Brother is watching… turn OFF the Telescreen.

  5. Tj says:

    A fancy Screensaver? No thanks. Amazon, use your resources on improving picture quality the way Nvidia does.

  6. EmoBrianEno says:

    Great idea! I was up until 3:00 this morning just chatting the Bing Chat and generating images for an idea that i have had for years. Absolutely fascinating innovation.

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