New technology unlocks the ability to analyse and understand the secrets of our skin

Today’s imaging and sensing technology can reveal important information about our bodies – from our bone structure to our brain activity. But what about tapping into the health and wellness information hidden within our skin?

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has harnessed this possibility with a multispectral imaging technology demonstrator called Skintuition. It offers a non-invasive, non-contact way of capturing, understanding and visualising the secrets of our skin – to enable a new generation of truly personalised care products.

Equipped with off-the-shelf camera technology and integrated algorithms, Skintuition enables users to analyse and observe their skin in greater detail, providing valuable insights into its health, condition and dermatological status.

Using a low-cost, widely available camera like the ones in most smartphones – aided by a ring of LEDs – Skintuition controls the illumination around a camera to produce images of the skin’s surface with more colours than a typical camera could produce. As a result, the system is able to expose what is under the skin’s surface, including blood, oxygen saturation and melanin. By embedding the platform into a commercial product such as a bathroom mirror, Skintuition can gather images of the user’s skin and alert them to changes in its condition through their smartphone.

 

The system could tell a user to apply a higher SPF sunscreen if it detects high levels of melanin, for example, or it could show them exactly where they have missed a spot on their face when applying sunscreen. Most importantly, it has the ability to track how levels change over time – providing the user with a holistic and long-term view of their skin health.

The platform technology is also capable of integration within existing personal care systems, and can recommend specific products using the data it uncovers – bringing an element of personalisation to existing skincare and cosmetics routines.

“Imagine if your bathroom mirror could pinpoint trends in how your skin pigmentation changes, encouraging you to adjust your personal care routine to better cater to what your skin needs at any given time,” said Ruth Thomson, head of consumer product development at Cambridge Consultants. “From monitoring for deeper changes in health to matching the perfect shade of foundation to your skin, the multispectral imaging we’ve developed provides countless ways to personalise the skincare experience.”

The low-cost cameras and imaging tools used to create Skintuition have applications that can reach far beyond the personal care sector. By manipulating the LEDs’ illumination surrounding the camera, the technology can be tailored for use in different scenarios – even within other industries, such as agriculture. It could provide a low-cost alternative to hyperspectral imaging to allow for detection of water uptake by plants, for example, or warn of the spread of disease through changes in leaf pigmentation that are not visible to the naked eye.

“We’ve taken existing, inexpensive hardware components and found new and exciting ways to use them,” said Thomson. “At its core, Skintuition is simply an imaging solution that is able to expose substances that are invisible to the naked eye. By making it low-cost, we’ve given it mass-market appeal – opening the door for this type of technology to apply its ‘intuition’ to not just skincare but nearly any other visualisation use case.”

Cambridge Consultants will be demonstrating its Skintuition technology at the CES 2017, January 5-8, in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo, Halls A-C, stand 44136.

Notes to editors

캠브리지 컨설턴트(Cambridge Consultants)는 혁신적인 제품을 개발하고, 지적 재산권을 창출 및 라이선스하며, 전 세계 고객을 대상으로 기술 중심 문제를 해결하는 비즈니스 컨설팅 서비스를 제공합니다. 캠브리지 컨설턴트는 60년 이상 기업고객이 신기술을 도입하여 업계 최초로 제품을 출시하거나, 새로운 시장에 진출하거나, 기존 시장을 확장하거나, 사업기회를 상업적 성공으로 전환하도록 지원해 왔다. 엔지니어, 과학자, 수학자 및 디자이너를 포함한 900명 이상의 인원이 캠브리지(영국), 보스턴(미국), 도쿄(동경), 싱가포르(싱가포르)의 연구소에서 의료 기술, 산업 및 소비자 제품, 디지털 보건, 에너지 및 무선 통신 등 다양한 업종에 걸친 솔루션을 제공합니다.더 많은 정보를 원하시면, www.cambridgeconsultants.com를 방문하세요.

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