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Mirror, mirror on the wall: HiMirror helps you with your skin troubles

The “smart mirror” term has been thrown around a lot lately, but rarely do those smarts ever reflect — pardon the pun — the actual use case for a mirror. Until now, the smart mirror has more often than not been just another place to view general info like weather, calendar info, and notifications. In essence, it offers the same information you can already get on your phone, tablet, smart TV, watch, your car’s infotainment system, and so on. The HiMirror, on the other hand, actually uses its built-in smarts to tell you something different, like the condition of your skin, which can be used to build a daily skincare regimen, track results, and see improvement over time.

By taking a makeup-free photo with the HiMirror’s integrated high-resolution camera, the device’s proprietary technology analyzes dark spots, red spots, dark eye circles, wrinkles, pores, fine lines, and other complexion elements. From these, it creates a personalized Skin Index Synthesis report, which reports on skin firmness, brightness, texture, clarity, and overall healthiness.

The mirror keeps an ongoing log of your skin to track your skincare goals. Skincare products can be scanned into the database by holding the barcode up to the camera, and the mirror will send you reminders about any approaching expiration dates. It also allows the user to provide feedback on the products in their routine right from the mirror.

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The product is humidity-resistant, so it can be used even after a steamy shower and can be mounted on the wall or on an existing mirror, or wherever its 11-by-16.5-inch size can fit that’s also next to a plug. For those freaked about having a camera in the bathroom, there’s a cap you can use to put over the camera — something you won’t want to forget to do with this Wi-Fi-enabled device.

HiMirror does include some of the standard smart mirror features, like displaying the local weather, syncing to your Google calendar or playing Spotify. It even includes facial and voice recognition capabilities, which allows more than one family member to reap the benefits of automated skin analysis.

The HiMirror can be teamed up with the company’s Smart Body Scale, which offers similar tracking capabilities for weight, body mass index, body fat, water level content, muscle mass, and more.

The mirror was launched officially on October 17, with the standard mirror priced at $189, and the multi-ambiance makeup light version price at $259. And just last week, the smart mirror was named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the smart home division.

So if you’re looking to step up your morning routine, you may just need this critically acclaimed mirror to do so.

Article originally published in October. Updated on 11-26-2016 by Lulu Chang: Added official news of launch and reception of CES Innovation Award.