Thanks for starting this thread. Initial versions of DeepStack were provided free for Beta testings to ensure the product is best optimized. The versions available now are the stable and well optimized version.
Also, we are a Startup that is on a mission to provide easy to setup, integrate and self-managed AI solutions. Due to the costs of developing and maintaining DeepStack and its entire ecosystem, we need to charge some amounts on production grade features to keep us running and innovating. Formal announcements on these changes will be done tomorrow.
A Free Plan is available with basic features provided. We currently don’t have plans to add a free version with GPU support.
@robmarkcole developed an integration into HA, i extended it a bit (still waiting to hear from you if you would like to review the changes) to support more features for HA users,
I didn’t ask it for free, a bit lower tier that will allow HA users that uses it for home usage, usally running it for 1-2 cameras,
I purchased a week ago a GPU, it cost me ~500$ just because I was relaying on your solution, again not for free,
a lower price with less features that are not usally related to HA users will bring more customers.
During the Beta in addition to all that participate in Rob’s thread, I raised 3 issues:
bugged version deployed prior to v3.1
loading faces every time - performance
unprotected block that crashed the API
pretty sure based on that feedbacks from the community you stabilized it version by version,
I’ll quote @john in HA forum in response to one of the issues I found (including posting the line and the reason):
I don’t expect to get a prize for that, but I do hope that you will find the way so HA user will be able to use it in more affordable pricing for the GPU version.