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Wireless Cosmetic Camera

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248204D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-09
Document File: 3 page(s) / 66K

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Abstract

Traditionally people have done their beauty routines in the morning in front of the bathroom mirror or at a makeup table. This is convenient because of the location of makeup and personal grooming devices and also good lighting and other items such as bathroom mirrors, shaving mirrors etc. While convenient, these mirrors typically only provide a front view, making it difficult to see a profile, or back views for things like hair styling. Also, with time constraints and large commuter times, it is becoming more common place for people to do such activities in locations such as a car, bus or train, or a public location such as a bar or restaurant. This generally means carrying around a makeup mirror and holding this at the same time as applying makeup

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Wireless Cosmetic Camera

Traditionally people have done their beauty routines in the morning in front of the bathroom mirror or at a makeup table . This is convenient because of the location of makeup and personal grooming devices and also good lighting and other items such as bathroom mirrors, shaving mirrors etc. While convenient, these mirrors typically only provide a front view, making it difficult to see a profile, or back views for things like hair styling. Also, with time constraints and large commuter times, it is becoming more common place for people to do such activities in locations such as a car, bus or train, or a public location such as a bar or restaurant. This generally means carrying around a makeup mirror and holding this at the same time as applying makeup etc.

This invention combines a portable camera attached to a personal grooming device (tweezers, shaver etc) or a makeup item (such as lipstick canister, or makeup brush). This camera is attached wirelessly to the user's smartphone or mobile device, which provides the image from the camera during application as well as other data such as brands/colour of makeup, quantity remaining, application tips, purchase information..

Figure #1 illustrates an example embodiment.

Use Case #1

The user has purchased a Bluetooth Makeup Camera with LED light. On her way to work on the train, she is able to take it from her bag and attach the compatible lipstick canister. The camera module has previously been paired via Bluetooth to her smartphone, so when it is activated the application launches automatically. By holding her phone in one hand and the lipstick/camera in the other, she is able to apply her lipstick while watching the magnified/enhanced image on her smartphone screen.

By holding the camera out at arms length, she is able to get a view of her whole face, and even move it so she can check the sides and back of her hair style.

The lipstick contains an RF tag and a reader embedded in the camera module transmits the brand and type of lipstick, as well as the amount of product remaining. This information is displayed on the screen along with an option to order a replacement online, and other relevant advertising and usability tips.

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