Mirror Mirror on the wall, please tell me how to fix my face? Well, not it can.
That is basically the premise behind HiMirror's HiMirror Classic, a smart-mirror with a built-in camera designed to help beauty professionals hawk beauty products to credulous, self-conscious punters.
"As the CEO of a well-known Taiwanese electronics group, I am constantly juggling projects and flying around the world," HiMirror inventor, Simon Shen, writes on their product website. "My wife sometimes asks me how people in the high-tech industry can be so busy and what takes up all our time. I really wanted to share my world with her, so I set out to create something that she could relate to, something that would make her go wow!" – that's the life-affirming story of how the Smart Mirror was born as a piece of technology even Mrs Shen can relate to.
The HiMirror Mini smart mirror packs a camera into a touchscreen display that shows you an image of your face. Behind the display, the Mini mirror packs what the company somewhat ominously calls Skin Analysis Engine X (version 4.0). This allows the mirror to examine your face in search of no fewer than 10 defects: wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, dark spots, red spots, roughness, pores, complexion issues, hydration and pigmentation.
Once the HiMirror Mini Premium smart mirror is done making you feel bad about your face, it can tell you the very products that are needed to fix your broken visage. In the interface of the mirror – which is dubbed, My Beauty Box – one can see recommendations based on skin condition (and the weather), find and "manage" products, and see a record of what you've used in the past. Best of all, the Mini tracks the changes to your appearance over time so you can see the benefits that spending money brings to making you a more beautiful person.
The smart mirror also has some features to help apply said remediation measures. It can create five different lighting "scenarios" for applying makeup and magnify areas of your face two or three times.
Like any self-respecting smart device, it can show you your Google Calendar and connect to Facebook, Instagram as well as Spotify. The smart mirror also features a built-in alarm and the first HiMirror Mini Premiums, estimated to ship on November 5 2018, are available to pre-order for €259 (US$300). Here's hoping Mrs Shen is suitably excited.
You can watch the review of the HiMirror smart mirror in the video below.