Oct 14, 2016 | By Tess

Japanese multinational company Panasonic, known primarily for its televisions and smartphones, has ventured into the realm of cosmetics with a new product that will surely leave half of consumers excited and the other half perplexed. Recently, the electronics company has unveiled a smart mirror which is capable of not only analyzing the user’s facial and skin flaws, but can then essentially 3D print a “map” of makeup for the user to apply.

Understandably, many people are excited about the prospect of a smart mirror telling you how to get perfect looking skin (think of how much time could be saved trying on makeup tones and such), though others are less enthused about having a device point out their flaws.

Panasonic unveiled its first prototype for the smart mirror earlier this year, but just recently unveiled an updated version of the smart mirror at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) in Japan. The latter includes 3D printing makeup capabilities. As Panasonic explains, the smart mirror is equipped with sensors and high-definition cameras that can recognize, scan, and analyze the user’s face, locating blemishes, or any skin imperfections.

The device can also virtually apply makeup to the user’s image, letting them see what they would look like with facial hair, different eyebrow shape, etc. and supposedly offers tutorials geared to the user to explain how to apply makeup, which makeup, and where. The most exciting part about Panasonic’s new technology, however, is probably its integrated makeup 3D printer, which prints customized sheets of makeup that can be applied directly to the user’s face, similar to a temporary tattoo. Think about how much time you could save on your morning makeup routine with that!

As Panasonic explains in a video demonstration of the technology, the makeup prints in a very fine film, which can be applied to the users skin. With the natural looking and reportedly barely perceptible results, the company hopes that the technology will also have applications within the medical field, as a device to cover scars, injuries, etc.

Notably, however, Panasonic’s smart makeup mirror is still being prototyped within Japan (it has not been introduced to the American market yet), and there are still some kinks in the technology that need to be worked out. For instance, the makeup, which only take a couple minutes to print out, can reportedly only be applied to the user’s face after setting for a day, which makes it a bit less appealing for those who want to use it on the fly. There is no word yet on when or for how much the smart mirror 3D printer hybrid will be available.

Panasonic is not the only company to have ventured into the realm of 3D printing makeup, as Swedish lifestyle brand Foreo has been working on combining the two fields with its MODA 3D printer for makeup concept, a UK based company has developed a 3D printing makeup pen, and cosmetics giant L’Oreal has partnered with 3D bioprinting firms to advance 3D printed skin tissues.



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Jessica Tobias wrote at 10/18/2016 9:20:33 AM:

It is very cool, so it was such a big company is also involved in the race Cosmetics everyone will believe in you. Thanks Jessica Tobias

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