Panasonic has built a device to help people find the ideal cosmetics for their skin.
Panasonic also happens to be a big beauty brand in Japan. With premium hairdryers, battery-powered face masks, steamers for the face and other stuff already in the market, it’s not just about home appliances for the company anymore. And as a nod to this newfound niche, it has built a smart mirror with a printer that is unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The Panasonic Smart Mirror, unveiled as a prototype at CES 2016, scans the face. It looks out for the blemishes and suggests the right makeup. This takes into account the kind of product needed, the shade, etc. But instead of just pointing you to the right shades of blush or lipstick, an attached printer, debuted at CEATEC 2016, prints the makeup on a sheet.
The makeup, as reported by Engadget, is more like a temporary tattoo (the stick-and-rub type) than the traditional kind which you apply with brushes. Having only the exact amounts dispensed at a time makes the resulting waste minimal. It also becomes a far simpler process. The makeup, a sort of concealer, is attached to the face using a special accessory.
Like most early technologies, this one is far from perfect. Forbes reports that it takes an entire day for a printout to dry out so it is ready to apply.
Fit for stores or even the home, Panasonic envisions the printed makeup sheet to serve a purpose in the medical field. This innovation follows through with the trend in custom experiences, not unlike the ones we see provided by 3D printing.
The printer’s partner, the smart mirror, has its sights on revamping the retail space.