CS 491 Virtual and Agumented Reality

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Visual artist app:

The idea is very simple, it is like one of the game you used to play in your childhood, you tried different outfit for your doll. Here you try different makeup on your face. Virtually!
I think it’s a great idea because it is it lets you try different make up before you try it. Which are normally not available especially if you do online shopping. A product looks great on model does not guarantee it would look good on you. You always want to try make up on you to see if it is good or bad. Besides, when shopping for make up at the store, you have to spend a lot of time putting on make up and take them off. This app will solve those problems.
First of all, the interface is very intuitive and easy to use. It uses the front camera of your phone. I think the face recognition is great. It can distinguish different parts of your face (lip, eye, cheeks,etc.) to properly apply make up. I found when it came to eye shadow, the app was spot-on and easily detected my eye shape. It is also movement tolerant. Users can move their faces to look at it from different angles. For example, when you try on a lipstick on you lips, when you move your face, your lips can still be recognized with the right lipstick on it. One of the major advantage of this application is that it does not require your eye to open for the AI to work, which is a requirement for a lot of system (like Iphones’ facial recognition). When trying eye shadow, I closed my eyes, the makeup still stays on. It is different from several app online now which simply take a picture of you and then put make up on that picture, which is not as fun as this app and does not allow user to see from different angle.
One of the most impressive thing this app is able to archive in my opinion is to allow user to do contours. As you know, contours can virtually change the shape of your face by changing shade of different part of your face. This app allows users to change the intensity of the foundation and where to apply it on their face. It then calculates different shades of your face based on the foundation and the applied locations.
One of the things I think it can improve is that change the light settings. The reason is that we do not always have perfect light and users want to visualize how they would look in different light settings.
One of the thing I notice that the app does not work well when there are two faces in the scene. It got confused and ignored one face while only focused on the other face. Of course the purpose of this app is for one person’s use only, I think that it still makes sense to handle the case for multiple faces. For example, you want to use it when your in public spaces have people on the background. It should give users option to put make up on all of the faces in the scene or let user choose which one to put make up on
I think sofora can go one step further and show users how they look with make up and different hair style and accessories. It is because women tend to use a lot of different accessories (necklaces, earrings, sunglasses, hair bow). Show the users that the earrings they have go very well with the red lipstick would make them more likely to buy the lipstick.
Please note that I have try the free version, I know that in the paid version of this app, users can see tutorial of different styles of make up on their faces, which shows users how different makeup techniques can be applied and transform their face. It sounds great, it is like have a makeup artist do it for you virtually and you can follow them step by step

Vuzix Blade Smart glasses

First of all, the glasses look very normal, like the everyday glasses. In my opinion, they look like Oakley’s and quite fashionable. If you familiar with VR/AR powered devices, you can realize one of their noticeable traits is that they are very bulky (think about Microsoft hololens, or even our HTC Vive headset we use on project one and two). They are very useful in academic or lab environment but you cannot wear our use them in public. Thus this glass with a very everyday look is a huge plus. Besides, they are light, only 85 grams, in comparision to microsoft hololens which are 579 grams or HTC Vive headset
You can pair it with Alexa or Android, which is great since it can instantly become a part of your integrated network of gadgets. You do not have look down on your phone for notification or phone calls because now everything is displayed on your glasses. However, it does not mention anything about Apple’s products. I think it is one of its biggest drawbacks because the number of Apple’s users is very big. I think Apple will also have their own VR/AR glasses but it would be nice to have Apple support for these glasses
Now let’s see their features. From what I see online, the display of these glasses is really good, with even photos looking crisp and vibrant. There's also an 8MP camera on board, with 4GB of storage to fill up with what you want. I think that The display window is around the size of the hololens. They allow notification to include both text and images
As for battery life, this device’s battery is around two to two-and-a-half hours, which I think is very good for the use of this device in this early stage. However, it could be improved because for example, we are doing a 7-hour task with these glasses and it is annoying to stop every two hour to recharge the battery.
I think the touch pad is a little small. It would be very difficult to get used to it, especially people with big fingers. Besides, it is on your right hand side, which makes it difficult for left handed people. I think they should offer different size of tould pad as well as another version of the glasses with touchpad on the left for lefties. These changes are very easy to implement
This device offers head motion tracker. I think it is a good feature, by tracking head’s motion, it can gives users information about what they are looking at
I have seen a video of an user using these glasses to apple AR to an image like our project one. These glasses done a very nice job scaling the object based on the distance between them and the image target.
The price is $1,000 which is very much pricey because it is still a new technology but still relatively cheaper when comparing with Google glasses($1,300) or other VR/AR glasses
However, the problem with these glasses are how much should we use them. They are a fantastic tool for finding direction and you should use then while walking or running. However, driving with theses glasses can be very dangerous. Pop up notification or other AR application on the glasses can be very distracting. Should they have a mode for detecting if user driving, then shut down all the AR application or completely trust users on this issue? Any potential problem can arise. These are the questions we need to investigate.