I’ve been wearing glasses for almost all of my life. Every time I visit the optometrist, I spend what feels like hours trying on different glasses, trying to select the one that are not only comfortable but that also fits my face. There were times when I wondered, wouldn’t it be nice if I could just try on glasses virtually? This way, there’s driving to the optometrist if I don’t have the medical need to, and I can access a much wider range of glasses than what is found at an optometrist’s office.
Well, apparently someone at Glasses.com who is much more technologically-capable also had the same thought – and actually created an iPad app that supports virtual trying of glasses.
What the app is and what it does
Utilizing what glasses.com calls 3DFit technology, this iPad app allows users to take a picture of their face, virtually try on glasses from almost every brand, and then see what it looks like from every angle in realistic 3-D. It’s what the Queen in Sleeping Beauty would have used her magic mirror for if she were to channel her jealousy into finding the perfect pair of frames.
How the app works
First, you would use the camera feature on your iPad to scan your face as you turn side to side. Then, you would use a QR code to draw a line where your eyes are (so the app can determine how to position the virtual glasses). Once that step is done, all that’s left is to select the glasses you want to “try on” and decide what look you like.
How the app is different from older virtual try-on apps
I remember when I was in middle school or high school, and there was this one site that helped you see what a new hair cut would look like. Except it took forever to upload your photo, the hairstyles all looked so fake (like wigs improperly photoshopped on your picture), and it wasn’t helpful in making a decision at all. Well, the glasses.com iPad app is the exact opposite of that.
Bottom line: This app is easy to use and more importantly, it works.