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Many cosmetics are marketed with outlandish claims of restoring youth and improving skin tone - but a new app monitors skin tone day by day to show what creams are really doing. The app, launched by Fujitsu takes colour-compensated pictures of skin tone which allow users to accurately monitor skin condition using a smartphone. Previous smartphone apps have been patchy due to varying lighting conditions - but Fujitsu hopes its app, armed with a colour-compensating panel, will be the the first real yardstick for skin condition.
The conventional method for measuring the condition of facial skin involved visiting a cosmetics store, where experts used specialized devices to gauge skin tone and condition,' says Fujitsu. The company claims that its colour chart - a transparent film of plastic laid over the cheek, is highly accurate due to four 'quadrants' which enable to correct colour for the angle of light striking the cheek. Previous apps have provided patchy information at best. The company hopes to partner with cosmetics companies to market the app via their sites.
Dramatic improvements in the performance of smartphones, however, have opened the possibility of users to analyze the condition of their skin at home using their smartphone cameras,' says Fujitsu. 'Fujitsu Laboratories has created a reference color chart that enables users to accurately measure the color of their skin using a smartphone,' says the company.
When the photograph is taken, even if hair or a finger partially obscures the standard color pattern within the chart, the segmentation of each color can be accurately extracted,' says Fujitsu. The technology is currently undergoing field testing. The app is to launch in Japan first, and was demonstrated running on a Toshiba Regza Android handset.