A smart mirror that allows you to see yourself in virtual clothes whenever you want? Yes, it may sound far-fetched, but it may just be the future of dressing. Think about it – no more traipsing from store to store, or trying to figure out if that new dress is going to be the right one.
According to the patent, the mirror partly reflects, and partly transmits and is more easily described as a ‘blended-reality’ mirror. Using a combination of projectors, cameras, and displays, the mirror helps you try on clothes virtually, from a virtual location. Not only that, it will have the ability to project different backgrounds onto the mirror too, so you can see yourself in an appropriate setting for the outfit you’re testing.
The Twitterverse had mixed reactions to the news:
— Kate Jerome (@kate_jerome) January 4, 2018
— Natalia de la Peña (@nataliadpf) January 4, 2018
Amazon is creating a real, digital version of The #Mirror of Erised
— Piet (@PiederrCryderr) January 4, 2018
What a load of tosh – for gods sake, many can’#t even cope with actual reality, lets master that first – Amazon patent brings ‘blended reality’ mirror into view https://t.co/TjOQOBaZqO via @mobilemktrdaily
— Robert Gilmour (@robertgilmour) January 4, 2018
And while a patent doesn’t mean they’re building it as we speak, it tells you a little bit about what they’ve got in mind. The tech giant has of late taken significant steps in the fashion world, acquiring Body Labs, an AI-firm who have boasted technology which helps them build 3D bodies in motion. Body Labs’ Soma Shape API is meant to “accurately predict and measure the 3D shape of your customers using just a single image,” according to TechCrunch.
This patent also comes on the back of Amazon’s Echo Look, a technology that recommends clothing and through which you can take full-length photos of yourself, hands free. They’ve also been developing algorithms that can see which fashion trends are most popular and therefore design new attire accordingly, and have recently launched a few clothing lines of their own.
So it seems that Amazon may play an even larger part of our day-to-day lives than they already are – it may all sound a bit Black Mirror to us, but let’s see how it pans out.