New app 'Wow How' creates a virtual mannequin that emulates the user's face, creating step-by step guides of how to make the most of their facial features. Virtual make-up artist 'Gracie' offers everyday, evening, bridal, and contouring looks, each with an in-depth guide and application tips. Looks and colour combinations are based on skin tone and facial features. A split-screen feature called 'Look & Learn' allows users to follow tutorials while applying their make up using the phone's camera.
Estée Lauder has partnered with beauty technology provider ModiFace to offer augmented reality virtual try-on experiences for products on its web and mobile e-commerce platforms. The product try-on feature uses ModiFace's light field rendering technology to adjust the lighting, texture, and shine in a photo or video. Customers can use this to try product shades on Estée Lauder's e-commerce websites.
False eyelash brand Battington has launched a new augmented reality (AR) makeup app to allow virtual try-on of eyelashes. Developed by augmented retail provider FaceCake, the mobile app allows users to browse and virtually try-on the complete lash collection on their image, with options to implement feature-enhancing filters and share the images on social media.
Mobile internet platform Meitu has launched its new Counter augmented reality (AR) feature on its MakeupPlus virtual cosmetics app. The new feature combines the firm’s artificial intelligence-based facial recognition with AR technology to allow virtual try-on and shopping of lip products from a smartphone.
New brand Pout Case has announced the launch of an iPhone case with a refillable make-up palette, eliminating the need for make-up wearers to carry an array of products on-the-go. Although current palette options are limited, the mix and match functionality could be utilised by other beauty brands to drive trial and give added customisation
NIVEA presented a new progressive web app at the Google I/O Developer Conference which is to be launched this summer as part of the 'Nivea For Me' loyalty programme. The app is platform-independent and available to all common smart devices, and features faster loading times and the integration of web payments.
Parable is a software platform that allows doctors and home health workers to collaboratively monitor wound healing and to flag any issues. The technology has been designed by Parable Health and allows doctors to assess wound parameters and healing progress from “smart” photos taken using a phone’s camera. The doctor can schedule virtual check-ins with the patient. The idea is that this will reduce transportation costs in bringing patients to and from health care facilities for regular checkups, streamline data collection, and allow for collaborative care between various healthcare professionals.
Makeup and beauty platform developer Perfect365 has launched a virtual platform to allow communication between makeup artists and clients. The new Perfect365 PRO enables communication in stores at beauty counters and online, where freelance and brand makeup artists can create virtual makeup looks, as well as send a look to and communicate with a client through in-app chat.
The Pillsy smart pill bottle invention tracks dosages to help ensure patient compliance. The Pillsy system is made up of a standard size pill bottle and the Pillsy smart cap, which communicates wirelessly with a paired smartphone. After the patient transfers their medication to the bottle and enters the dosage schedule into the app, the system will take over, triggering the cap to beep and flash when it is time to take a dose. The Pillsy system will also send reminders, track pills taken, and send dosage notifications to assigned contacts.
In recent years, appearance-based interventions have gained popularity as a means to improve public awareness about skin cancer and sun protective behaviors. Although numerous reports discuss the use of ultraviolet (UV) camera devices for this purpose,studies on the use of portable imaging devices in community outreach events do not presently exist. In this report, we discuss how we successfully utilize portable imaging devices at community outreach events. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of our portable devices in comparison to traditional UV cameras. Portable imaging devices are easy to use and have allowed us to increase our involvement in community outreach events targeting a wide range of participants.
Keep tabs on your hydration level with the biosensing tattoos from the Dermal Abyss project. The tattoos, the result of a collaboration between MIT and Harvard teams, are made up biosensing inks that will change color in response to different levels of pH levels or glucose in the body. The team believes the tattoos could help reduce the number of pin pricks required by diabetic patients, or warn the wearer when they need to rehydrate.
The innovative EVA bra from Higia Technologies can detect the early signs of breast cancer. Developed by 18-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú, who lost his own mother to breast cancer, the EVA bra is equipped with sensors that map the surface of the breast and its surrounding tissues. By monitoring changes in texture, color or temperature, the EVA bra is able to detect the early signs of cancer and send an alert to a paired device, enabling the user to seek treatment early.
Researchers at IBM have been studying how to take advantage of Watson’s computing capabilities, combined with recent advances in machine learning algorithms, to assist physicians in examining skin lesions.
A psoriasis sensor able to peer beneath the skin without radiation could offer a new way to study and treat the disease. The technology relies on RSOM (raster-scan optoacoustic mesoscopy), which uses laser pulses to gently heat the tissue and cause it to expand. This expansion creates ultrasound waves, which are captured and analyzed by the system to create a detailed image of the area beneath the skin. The RSOM device can be handheld by the physician, offering a deeper look at the disease without the use of harmful radiation
Contact lenses embedded with transparent sensors could one day be used to help detect early signs of cancer. Developed by a team of engineers at Oregon State University, the key to the technology is the newly developed semiconductor, indium gallium zinc oxide. This material enabled the team to make a transparent film filled with an enzyme that reacts with glucose in tears to trigger a conductivity change. The team believes that as well as functioning as a blood sugar meter, the sensor-packed contact lens could also be used to detect other biomarkers, such as those for cancer.
Smart bandages able to communicate health data in real time could help speed wound healing and reduce doctor visits. The 3D-printed bandages, in development by a group led by the Swansea University's Institute of Life Science, are equipped with tiny sensors that continuously monitor the status of the wound. The collected information is then transmitted to the doctor in real time, via 5G wireless, allowing the physician and patient to track healing and customize treatment, if necessary.
An innovative new single step process for printing synthetic human skin could offer a significant step forward in skin graft procedures. The process, from a team at Pohang University, relies on a hybrid printing system, in which the printer head extrusion and inkjet modules are used at the same time. As the extrusion module creates the collagen-based scaffold, the inkjet system evenly distributes the keratinocytes (the main cell in the skin outer layer) on the structure.
At the Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom researchers are working on an augmented reality system that would help clinicians manipulate and interact with patient imaging scans, related anatomical models, and data from electronic medical records.
On June 1, The first Virtual Reality and Healthcare Symposium focused on the impact that virtual reality on health and medicine will take place at George Washington University.
Electronic ink company E Ink Holdings has collaborated with beauty packaging company TEXEN to create the world’s first digitally personalised packaging. The technology could enable users to change the message on their beauty products by using a smartphone, which is likely to appeal to Millennials.
A new platform allows companies to determine where along the supply chain their products may be vulnerable to counterfeiting.
The beauty maker’s Fit Culture App is the first of its kind, a global digital tool that introduces new L’Oréal employees to the ins and outs of company culture—a culture that going forward will clearly be well-grounded in the technology of the times.