Magic Mirror on the wall? Try Magic Mirror in the mall....
UK company C-InStore has recently unveiled their newest retail technology, The Magic Mirror. More like a large computer screen, it allows the customer to try clothes on without ever undressing. And with new infrared cameras, the computer will be able to determine depth to help customers find their right size. Each program will have the store's merchandise registered into the system and ready to be placed on your virtual body... think 3D paper dolls.
[Watch Today Show interview and demonstration with managing director Duncan Clapman HERE]
Along with the handful of people who don't particularly enjoy the experience of trying on clothes, I too go out of my way to avoid dressing rooms. Not because of the long lines, or the hassle of undressing.... instead it's because I seem to be on the verge of an embarrassing accident every time I enter one of those tiny stalls! And once I've sprinted out of there, leaving behind the clothes I had wanted to try on, my bladder mysteriously regains it's composure and I've lost my dressing room. Needless to say, this Magic Mirror business seems like it might be pretty ideal for people like me... (there are people like me, right??)
Still, I'm not completely jazzed about it. I mean, what's the difference between The Magic Mirror's services and me holding a blouse up to myself in front of a real mirror? Would we have to wait in line for it, too?
One way I do see this program hitting the ceiling with success is in online shopping. Managing Director Duncan Clapman told the Today Show that the company plans on an online version using a web cam for home shoppers.
So what do you think? Novelty aside, is the Magic Mirror something that might take the place of the old fashion dressing room in the long run? Or is this a big waste of money?
Source: Today Show