Could Amazon’s next Echo trick be an AI-powered mirror?

Good news for shopaholics: Amazon has been granted a patent for a mirror that uses augmented reality to project an outfit onto your body, so you can see what it would look like, without first having to purchase the item.

From what we can gather, the mirror creates a virtual model based on your build, tracking your eyes, face and movement in real-time. The outfit is then projected onto the model, where you can inspect it from all angles, just as you would in a store.

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The pièce de résistance, however, appears to be the mirror’s ability to accurately simulate environments, thus letting you see what an outfit would look like at a host of real-world locations – a beach or coffee shop, for example.

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As Amazon is first and foremost a merchant, it will likely be easy to purchase outfits using the mirror. We can envisage there being some form of one-click ‘Buy Now’ button tucked away somewhere à la the Echo Look.

It’s worth reiterating that what we’re looking at is a patent application – nothing more, nothing less – and that means there’s a good chance the detailed product will never see the light of day. Just something to keep in mind.

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