2016 brought the first Beauty Tech Summit to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), highlighting the growing trend of technology fusing with the beauty sector in areas from fragrance to skin care. In addition to a panel titled, “High Tech Beauty Makeovers,” The Summit included:
- Augmented and virtual reality beauty experiences
- Tools for skin and hair analysis
- Dermatological enhancements
- Age detection analysis
- Massage treatments
- Professional advice from tech beauty experts
Among the products highlighted at the Beauty Tech Summit, the following three take different approaches to blending technology with fragrance. AromaCare and Febreze Home are both connected fragrance devices, but the former emphasizes aromatherapy while the latter focuses on convenience and integration with other home devices like Nest. Meanwhile, the Sensorwake uses fragrance to replace the unpleasant startling sensation of sound based alarm clocks.
Aromatherapy is typically very complicated. In order to successfully use aromatherapy for its health benefits, you need to know which oils do what and how to combine them. Aromacare takes the guesswork out of aromatherapy, making it simpler for the consumer.
The Boston Globe has described Aromacare as an air freshener that allows an individual to “have his house smelling like a rose before he walks through the door, by using his smartphone to activate the AromaCare in advance.”
Aromacare has created 6 different capsules which are each intended to have different effects: sleep, calm, tonic, memory, breath, and allergy. It uses an RFID tag to recognize which capsule has been inserted and then has a specific cycle of intensity modulation. For example, the “Sleep” capsule diffuses at reducing intensity whereas the “Tonic” capsule has an increasing intensity intended to wake you up. From your smartphone, you can control the intensity, schedule sessions and durations, check in on the quality of remaining oil, and manage multiple aromacare devices. Aromacare is currently in the process of being funded through Kickstarter.
The Febreze Home is more than a remotely controlled scent dispenser. Sure, it allows you to control scents from your smart phone and monitor how much scent is left in the device, and also conveniently uses the same cartridges as standard Febreze products.
But it also has a strong appeal to homeowners that already have a Nest system. Integrating with Nest allows Febreze Home to sync its scent release with air flow from your HVAC for more effective dispersal. It also detects and communicates specific room temperatures, expanding the reach of your Nest system. If the Nest Protect smoke detector goes off, the Febreze Home night light will glow red as an additional alert for homeowners to exit the building. It is also Thread compatible, making it easy to connect and control with your other home products. Febreze Home will be available in June 2016 for $49 and is available for pre-order here.
Sensorwake was designed to help you wake up without the jarring alarm clock going off. Instead of sound, it diffuses scent at increasing strengths to wake you up gently. Sensorwake was awarded the CES Innovation Award Honoree, putting it among only ten innovations in the Home Appliance category to receive the award. The scents include croissant, espresso, seaside, lush jungle, chocolate and peppermint. Each replacement capsule can serve for 30 awakenings and a two-pack costs $10.90.
Fragrance Bonus: Pioneer Electronics’ Bio Sensing Smart Car System
Pioneer unveiled its vision for car entertainment including with a range of audio and scent effects that come on in response to bio-sensing technology detecting either oncoming road rage or drowsiness.
Integrating the idea of scent is a step forward, as this becomes more mainstream it is interesting that smell is included.
Check out pictures of the dashboard from the CES showcase. The product is still in the testing phase, but don’t be surprised if you find fragrance to become an interesting component of in-car technology.
The following beauty products allow individuals to visualize changes to their look without having to take any irreversible decisions. Panasonic’s Future Mirror and the Modiface Mirror allow individuals to look into a screen and make changes on the screen.
Panasonic Future Mirror
Panasonic’s Future Mirror made another appearance at this year’s CES. The mirror allows individuals to adjust their makeup or hairstyle as well as see how different lighting backgrounds will make them look – all without lifting a single brush. It can also do a skin check up, highlighting areas of your skin that might be dry and in need of lotion. See how it works here.
Over the past decade Modiface has developing technology that can visualize makeup, hair, skin, and anti-aging changes. The Modiface Mirror provides live 3D makeup tutorials, eye brow, contact lens and teeth whitening simulations. It is even gesture controlled, allowing users to change lipstick colors by kissing at the camera or changing eye products by raising their eyebrows.
While the Modiface Mirror is targeted toward businesses, you can catch a glimpse of the Modiface Mirror capabilities via the their freemium itunes app Modiface Live.
This year’s skin care products focused on bringing technology typically available only through professional and clinical services into the home. MAPO provides an at-home skin check up and iDerma makes at home phototherapy easier than ever. Romy Paris’ Figure allows individuals to mix their own moisturizer, customizing them to their needs and MY UV Patch allows individuals to monitor their UV exposure.
The technology and sophistication of a professional skin check up is not typically accessible at home, but now MAPO is looking to change that. It is a simple, fully personalized mask that lets you monitor your skin in real-time to let you know what your skin needs. In just one minute it runs an assessment and delivers the results instantaneously to your smart phone. The MAPO app also helps coach you through the best skin treatment based on your skin profile and the mask can boost the efficiency of lotion, through emission of gentle warmth
Allure highlights the simplicity of MAPO compared to other clay based products and DIY alternatives. As Johns Hopkins Medical School Professor and dermatologist likes the idea of taking out the guess work for people in selecting products considering skin is impacted both by environmental and individual factors, “Some people use products that are too rich and get milia or diluted oil glands, and some use ones that are too drying and get redness and irritation.”
MAPO is getting close to being funded through Kickstarter. When funded, MAPO will become available for purchase at $299.
For years, high end cosmetic and dermatology clinics have used low level light therapy. Apira Science’s iDerma takes a step forward to allowing people to have access to phototherapy in the comfort of their own home. The iDerma light mask promotes healthier skin and combats aging. Whereas other comparable products have been handheld, which in addition to being burdensome do not cover the entire face like iDerma does. The iDerma system has been fully funded through Indiegogo and is coming soon at $349.
Romy Paris Figure
Romy Paris’ Figure lets you mix your own moisturizer, allowing you to customize it to your needs. There are unique capsules for Sports, Stress and others that you can mix for a personalized effect focused on hydration, UV Filtration and anti-aging.
There is also a Romy app which analyzes your surroundings and provides personalized recommendations based on your current environment (such as air pollution and temperature).
Check out BBC’s recorded a video demo of the Romy Paris Figure in Paris.
The Romy Paris Figure is available here for $650.
My UV Patch
L’Oreal’s My UV Patch has captured the attention of many in the beauty and technology industries, being highlighted by BBC, NY Times, FT, Fortune, and Wired, among many others. This ultra thin sticker measures UV exposure and changes color over time. While other related devices can only be used for a couple minutes, whereas My UV Patch can be worn for days at a time and can be worn while showering, on trips to the beach etc. Individuals interested in the result must upload a photo the the app for analysis. The one drawback is that it only comes in the shape of a heart, which may not be of interest to all. The My UV Patch and app are still in beta testing, but will be available at the end of 2016.