Japanese customers’ augmented reality mirror to see what makeup looks like without trying it on

by Mark R

virtualmakeup-thumb-550x205-33275And now for another interesting application of augmented reality, and it’s pretty practical, too.

Not only that, but it is already in use. At the Takashimaya department store, there is a Digital Cosmetic Mirror that allows customers to see what make-up will look like on their face, without putting it on.

I find it hard to believe that this would work very well. I saw a similar demonstration of augmented reality at CES 2009 that allowed me to have glasses and a mustache, but it looked pretty fake. I mean, it looked like the ‘stache and shades were just super-imposed there.

I can’t imagine that this Digital Cosmetic Mirror could do a good job putting makeup on a person and make it look good. However, there seems to be some sort of program that gives personal recommendations and its it put on a virtual version of makeup on your image. However, technology is getting better all the time, so who knows, maybe the augmented reality image really is what the makeup looks like.

If so, then why can’t they make augmented reality to see what clothes look like without trying them on? Hey, they could put these in clothing shops and completely remove the need for dressing rooms altogether.


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Gadget Thumbnails for 05-Feb-2010 » Coolest Gadgets Says: February 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

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Akiba shimshon Says: February 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

if you have same type of stuff for dressing please let me know

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