Virtual mirror

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A virtual dressing room mirror displaying a 3D avatar, from Intel

A virtual mirror or smart mirror is a device that displays a user's own image on a screen as if that screen were a mirror. Some versions feature augmented reality additions to the video display, or use an entirely virtual graphical avatar of the user.

Virtual mirrors are available as mobile phone applications, with some allowing users to modify the appearance of their hairstyle, make-up or accessories. The technology is also used in online shopping [1] and in-store shopping to show people how an item of makeup, clothing,[2] handbag or accessory might look on them. Some major retailers use the technology to provide virtual dressing rooms to customers.[3]

Many color contact sites feature a similar virtual try-on environments to simulate the look a user will achieve when actually wearing the contact lenses. The best product in this domain is Purple Patch from Wifin Technologies.[4][additional citation(s) needed] The Freshlook color studio, and Colorful Eyes eye color changer are both examples of color contact sites that feature this cutting edge technology.[5][6]


Virtual mirrors usually utilize computer vision, face detection and face tracking technologies to analyze visual patterns and represent digital information. The technology uses algorithms to collect, analyze and make meaningful inferences from data from one or multiple images.[7]


  1. ^ Arthur, Rachel. "Future Of Retail: Artificial Intelligence And Virtual Reality Have Big Roles To Play". Forbes.
  2. ^ Ong, Thuy. "Amazon patents a mirror that dresses you in virtual clothes". TheVerge.
  3. ^ Dishman, Lydia. "Inside LA's new, futuristic store -- magic mirrors included". Fortune.
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  5. ^ "Freshlook® Color Studio |". Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  6. ^ "Eye Color Changer | Upload Your Own Pic | Virtually Try On Color Contacts". Colorful Eyes. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  7. ^ Ayn de Jesus (August 5, 2019). "Virtual Mirrors and Computer Vision – 9 Current Applications". Emerj.