Glasses by Warby Parker

Find the perfect frames using iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera

#5 Product of the DayNovember 08, 2017

Glasses by Warby Parker cleverly using the iPhone’s camera to take maps of people’s faces, and use that data to recommend styles of glasses that will best fit your face. It’s a step beyond the digital try on system the company has previously offered, where it would try to place a virtual pair of glasses on a picture to let you see how it looks.

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Such an incredibly simple and clever use of the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, whether it really works or not:

Overall, definitely a novel use of the iPhone X's face mapping. I'm also more than a little happy that I picked the first pair this recommended all on my own :)


Awesome concept, pairs really well with their try-at-home kit so you can get fewer duds and more legitimate options to pick from


Would be even better if you could actually virtually "try on" the glasses to see they look, instead of just getting suggestions

Seriously, Snapchat's been doing amazing AR filtering for years now. You'd think companies like Warby Parker would've been all over this kind of tech to deliver great virtual experiences of trying on glasses.
So, technically this tech has been around for a while, or at least different versions of it. From simply 'check your new make-up' to full body scans for clothes etc. What would be good is you scan your face and the store holds a 3d version allowing them to update your prescription whenever needed. Of course, then we tread over to the 'personal data/ security/ facial recognition realm and the fact that Apple will have even more data to use against you.
This is a natural move for Warby and will likely help customers narrow down their range. It will be interesting to hear if customers really find the recommended glasses actually fit when they receive them for real. Several commenters here are asking about support for other iPhones, AR try-ons and "whether it really works or not". Therefore may I humbly nod towards Topology Eyewear here on PH: The key difference is that while WP use a scan to recommend which of their stock eyewear might fit best, Topology custom make frames from scratch for one person at a time, using any iPhone to get the customer's shape and size, and providing a virtual try-on as a preview. Topology glasses don't exist until they are ordered, and a perfect fit is guaranteed or you get your money back. (Full disclosure: I work at Topology)
Now this is a cool concept for buying glasses. Amazing work Chris.