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HiMirror Expands With Skin Analyser and Scales at CES



Previous CES Innovation Award Honoree (2017) HiMirror are expanding their range of smart well-being products with two new devices announced at this year’s CES. The handheld HiSkin rapidly analyses skin condition and the Smart Body Scale measures a range of body metrics from weight (mass) and BMI, through water level and muscle-to-fat ratios.

The HiSkin is a pocket size hand-held device which connects to the HiMirror (and smartphone) to provide rapid analysis of skin’s condition. By simply holding the HiSkin on the face, the unit analyses conditions that can’t be seen with the naked eye, such as hydration and melanin. For melanin, HiSkin allows for continuous daily measurements to help observe changes in skin colour and evaluate increases in hyperpigmentation. Meanwhile, for hydration, it monitors changes in the skins moisture and evaluates the effectiveness of skincare habit, i.e. is the moisturiser any good?

Through HiSkin’s analysis, users can understand how seemingly small changes in their diet and lifestyle impact their skin, helping them better protect and maintain good complexion. The device achieves this by combining electronic and bio-medical engineering to non-invasively analyse the facial skin’s condition in five parts: forehead, eyes, upper cheek, lower cheek and chin. The HiSkin also detects and analyses dark circles and acne scars.

Interestingly, it’s suggested that HiSkin can also be used while shopping. Users can try desired skincare products before they buy them by using HiSkin to help them know which products or foundation will work best for their skin.

The HiSkin communicates via Bluetooth and works with HiMirror and the user’s smartphone via the HiSkin app, which is available for both Android and iOS. HiSkin is available online from HiMirror for £49.

The Smart Body Scale helps users stay in shape by measuring weight, body mass index, basal metabolic rate, total body water, skeletal muscle and bone mass, as well as muscle to fat ratios. If available, all the data is uploaded to user’s HiMirror in real-time via Bluetooth, or else the data is sent to the HiFit app on the user’s smartphone (available for both Android and iOS shortly).

Using the data gathered, the Smart Body Scale can propose a variety of body improvement strategies and fitness videos on the HiMirror for attaining a healthier, more-toned body, all within the comfort of your own home.  For use outside of the bathroom, the HiMirror Scale has a neutral coloured plush cover which lets it blends into any decor.

The Scale is a certified IEC standard medical device and is available online from HiMirror for £111.

Simon Shen, CEO of Taipei-based New Kinpo Group, which owns HiMirror, said: “We are elated to be exhibiting again at CES 2019, showcasing our brand innovations to some of the most influential and substantial names in the business. Our latest launches are elevating our product portfolio exponentially and filling voids in the marketplace. We strive to evolve with the ever-changing beauty/skincare industry and know these tools will enhance both the consumer and business experience.


Skin Care Gets Smart with HiMirror



HiMirror‘s range of smart mirrors aim to be “your at-home beauty and health consultant”, and use high resolution digital cameras to record and assess skin condition including wrinkles, fine lines, clarity, dark circles, dark spots, red spots and pores to both identify problem areas and track improvement. Simply, the smart mirror takes a picture of the face, analyses it and recommends personal skincare routines to help improve skin quality.

Combined with a database of over 10,000 skincare products, the HiMirror measures and tracks product performance through changes to skin condition. With objective data, it’s now possible to work out which skincare products and routines actually make a difference to the skin, and those that don’t. Using “big data”, the system has been developed in conjunction with professional consultants in the fields of dermatology, cosmetics, skincare and medical beauty, and HiMirror have won awards at CES in both 2017 and 2018.

The device is a mirror with a flat screen display behind it, which lets the HiMirror interact with the user to show skincare information and videos. The HiMirror responds to both voice and gestures, and there’s a handheld remote control too. No self-respecting smart mirror would be without a digital assistant and Alexa is built-in.

Announced at IFA today, HiMirror has a couple of new models, including one smaller version and two aimed at the professional beautician.

The HiMirror Mini Premium is a compact model with a 13″ x 9″  touch screen for easy navigation. As with other HiMirrors, it can analyse skin and offer personalised skincare recommendations. Other features includes Skin Safe which spots allergens in health products and it also provides help with applying makeup for different light levels, such as dimly lit restaurants or brightly lit offices. HiMirror Mini Premium will be available to pre-order from the HiMirror website from 31st August 2018, with products shipping in November. UK price is GB£239.

On the commercial side the Enterprise Lite and Enterprise Pro will be joining the HiMirror line-up shortly. These models are aimed at beauty professionals and beauty salons as these mirrors can have unlimited accounts or profiles. With one profile for each client, historical data and photos can be stored individually to track progress over time.

I particularly like the HiMirror Mini Premium and I can see it being a popular choice in the smaller size. Perfect for dressing tables….


Go Cordless with the Volo Go at CES 2018



For relatively small devices, handheld hairdryers use large amounts of power for anything up to ten minutes at a time. As a result, it’s one of the last things you’d think to be successfully battery-powered. Nevertheless, the team at Volo Beauty have taken on the challenge to develop the world’s first cordless hairdryer, the Volo Go. Todd discusses the problem with Ryan and Jonathan.

Their approach for the Volo Go has been to re-engineer the hair dryer, changing from heating the air to heating the hair via infrared. This reduces the power demand to only 600 W – that’s about a third of a traditional hairdryer – without increasing drying time. At this level, battery-power is feasible, and the Volo Go lasts 14 minutes on a charge. As the average drying time for a woman’s hair is 7.5 minutes, this is ample. Extra batteries will be available for extended use.

The Volo Go will launch in summer 2018 priced at US$388, with a Kickstarter campaign in the spring.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.

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