Glasses by Warby Parker

Find the perfect frames using iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera

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#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.

  • Ankush Gupta
    Ankush GuptaSoftware Engineer at Quizlet

    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

    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 :)

    Ankush Gupta has used this product for one day.
  • Brandon McConnell
    Brandon McConnellFull-Stack Developer + UI/UX Designer

    Very helpful


    Not as convenient

    With the feature already being so common these days, the most useful and beneficial feature would be to actually try glasses using ARKit. This could even handle sizing if the user chooses to check them out directly from within the app, and of course, the automatic sizing detected by the camera could be overridden by the user manually during checkout if they so chose.

    Brandon McConnell has never used this product.
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Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
Such an incredibly simple and clever use of the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, whether it really works or not:
Build it, break it.
Build it, break it.@pointandstare · Director, Point and Stare
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.
Chris Guest
Chris GuestHiring@guesto · CMO & Head of Growth @ Topology
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)
Ciocanel Razvan
Ciocanel Razvan@chocksy · Co-Founder of EpicCoders
Now this is a cool concept for buying glasses. Amazing work Chris.
Dun@huangdun · Product Designer
Damn, now I have to buy an iPhone X in order to get a perfect frame.
Chris Guest
Chris GuestHiring@guesto · CMO & Head of Growth @ Topology
@huangdun I have good news: works on any iPhone. (FD: I work there)