AI tool turns images into working games and other software in seconds

Collaborative whiteboard app maker “tldraw” has released an early version of a feature that can convert images to software in seconds using artificial intelligence (AI), Ars Technica reports.

The “Make it real” prototype feature uses OpenAI’s GPT-4V API, allowing it to interpret visuals from a vector drawing on an infinite canvas app into functional JavaScript and Tailwind CSS web code.

This code can replicate user interfaces or create implementations of simple games.

In one video posted to X, software designer Kevin Cannon showed how the tool could be used for making various working parts of software.

That included making functional sliders for scaling or rotating a shape, an interface for changing colours, and a game of tic-tac-toe.

“I think I need to go lie down,” Cannon said, impressed by the tool’s capabilities.

Several others also used the tool to make a working dial clock and several clones of popular games — including Breakout, Snake, and Pong.

One designer jokingly recreated the tldraw interface and said, “You better hope this does not work or tldraw is FINISHED.”

Tldraw is the work of London-based Steve Ruiz and has received $2.7 million (R49.45 million) in seed funding to date.

Users can currently experiment with the feature in an online live demo. However, this requires providing an API key from OpenAI, which Ars Technica warned could be a security risk.

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AI tool turns images into working games and other software in seconds