App of the Week – Prisma

Published on August 31, 2016

We all love editing and sharing our photos through Instagram and Snapchat – but wouldn’t it be nice to not just edit our smartphone pictures, but to totally transform them into works of art worth hanging in a museum gallery? For all of those amateur photographers with dreams of grandeur, Prisma is here to turn our simple snaps into stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Users simply upload their smartphone pictures into the cloud via the app; from there, Prisma’s unique algorithm – based around “neural networks and artificial intelligence” – re-draws the lines and circles of the image in the style of famous artists, from Van Gogh to Picasso to Edvard Munch. Once users are happy with their new artwork, they can instantly upload it to Instagram, make it their profile picture on Facebook, or share it across just about any other app.   Since launching out of Moscow in June, Prisma has already been downloaded more than 30 million times, according to CEO Aleksey Moiseenkov. And over the summer, tech, design, and social media fans have been falling all over themselves with praise for the colorful new app: The Verge calls it one of the year’s best new apps, writing that Prisma “will make you fall in love with photo filters all over again.” The Next Web, meanwhile, calls Prisma a “mind-blowing” achievement that makes Instagram filters look “so lame.” And you don’t need to take their word for it! Our team here at Geek has loved playing around with the addictive new app – and based on our newsfeeds and Instagram channels, so have our friends and family. Don’t let the craze pass you by! With new updates on the horizon – including the possible inclusion of video editing capabilities to the app – now is the perfect time to get started with Prisma. It is available for free for both iOS and Android devices.