The creators of the YouVersion Bible app have released a new app that will allow users to match their personal images with relevant Bible verses to create shareable artwork.
The free Bible Lens app analyzes content in a photo like objects, backgrounds and colors and identifies themes. Then the app searches the YouVersion database for the most relevant Bible verse to suggest to the user. The software balances design elements like font choice and white space with a person’s photos and automatically and artistically renders the verse on top of the image, creating visually appealing, shareable artwork.
“If I take a picture of my left hand, Bible Lens would identify my wedding band and likely create an image that highlights marriage. If the app identified a source of light in my photo, it might suggest a Bible verse about how Jesus is the light of the world,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Life.Church Pastor and YouVersion founder. “It’s incredible technology that affords us the unique opportunity to help people see their world with a different perspective.”
Bible Lens will offer the option to create images from photos saved in a user’s camera roll. The app will draw connections between the Bible and photographed moments like birthday parties, lunch dates, holidays and sporting events.
“As technologies emerge and create new possibilities, it’s important to us that the Bible be at the forefront of innovation,” Gruenewald said. “We believe Bible Lens will make it easier for people to see connections between the Bible and their everyday lives, and we’re encouraged by the number of people who have shown an interest in engaging with the Bible in this way.”
The app also will recognize when the photo is a selfie.
“The selfie is often used as a way for a person to gain approval from others,” said Gruenewald. “When the app comes across a selfie, it will offer Bible verses to encourage them by suggesting what God may say about them. In that way we hope Bible Lens actually redeems the selfie.”
Bible Lens launched Aug. 4. Within the first weekend, the app reached more than 265,000 installs, earning it the number one ranking in the App Store’s Lifestyle category and number two of all free apps.
Bible Lens is the third app from YouVersion, which was created by Life.Church to help people engage with the Bible. It follows the Bible App for Kids, which launched in 2013, and the YouVersion Bible App, which launched on the first day of Apple’s App Store in 2008, and has since been downloaded on 330 million devices and in every country in the world. (TAB)
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