Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the healthiest of them all?
A famous Evil Queen once communed with her looking glass for reassurance, but now, science has gone way past fairy tales. ‘Smart mirrors’ combine digital tech, reflective glass, and the internet.
The health - rather than fashion - conscious first: a bio-sensing mirror – or the ‘Medical Mirror’, as it’s being marketed – uses a camera that measures your pulse rate through changes in the colour of your face, as blood flows through it. ‘You don’t look so hot, Your Majesty.’
Researchers in the states combined such a mirror with Microsoft Kinect to create a giant screen that can tell you what meds to take.
Okay, now the fashion. A similar mirror in a clothes shop, fitted with a camera, could show you how you’d look in different outfits without you actually having to try them on – especially good news for parents who don’t want their squirmy youngster trying to get out of buying a new school uniform, when they can sit and home and have images beamed to them.
A company called Smart.Mirror, developed by brainiacs at Carnegie Mellon, also integrated RFID technology to scan entire store inventories for personalized accessories.
Another thing or three: First, these are expensive so far - from $12,000 to $38,000. Second, these systems may mean there is a camera in your bathroom. And, three, one incorporates a floor pad that pops your weight on the mirror, er… screen. Like Evil Queenie, you may not like what you see.
By Star Lawrence