Fairest of Them All: Magic Mirror Erases Flaws in Real Time

If we’re being honest, not many of us would be able to say that we like what we see in the mirror each and every time we look. What if we had a magic mirror that would erase those imperfections and make our reflections as beautiful as we’ve always wished them to be? Two researchers at the University of London have developed a sort of magic mirror that smooths out facial features in real time to show a more beautiful version of ourselves.

Of course, it’s not so much a mirror as it is a webcam attached to a PC running the duo’s custom software. The software creates a 3D map of the user’s face and replaces objectionable facial features with more pleasant ones. According to the creators of the project, the technology could one day be used as a non-invasive way to try on potential plastic surgery before taking the big plunge.

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