We spend a lot of time reviewing and discussing technology and gadgets. We also spend a great deal of time talking about toys and play. Sometimes a product comes along that manages to merge technology and toys and come up with something truly fun and unique. The Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror from Mattel is one of those toys.
Please watch our video review of the Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror -
Don’t Believe Everything You See On Your iPad
I’ll be honest, when I think of Barbie, I don’t normally think of sophisticated face tracking algorithms, but I guess that changes now! The Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror really blurs the line between reality and make believe. As we show in the video, it is very impressive how when you move your head, the makeup stays in the right place. Blink your eyes and the eye shadow moves with your eye lids. Snap a photo, send it to a friend and they will see you wearing makeup you never wore. Or did you? You virtually put makeup on, the iPad showed the makeup on you, so did you have it on? What is reality anyway? See, messes with your mind…
All The Fun of Makeup Without The Mess
The really great thing about the Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror is that the technology is not just a gimmick. In this case, the technology makes possible something that was never possible before. Now you can apply makeup to your face, see how you look, share with friends…all without ever really putting makeup on your face.
I have to say, as a Dad I love the idea of something that allows girls to experiment with makeup without any of the mess or cleanup from real makeup. In addition, real makeup costs a lot more than virtual makeup! You can make over 10,000 combinations of makeups and styles with the Barbie Digital Makeover, I don’t even want to think about what that would cost if you were using real makeup.
Here are the key features of the Barbie Digital Makeover -
- Girls can give themselves digital makeovers with no mess
- Download the free app and insert your iPad into the frame — the vanity lights up, and the app is launched
- Apply virtual eye shadow, lipstick, glitter, ready-to-wear looks, and more
- App recognizes the girl’s face, and the virtual makeup moves with her changing expressions through the use of facial-tracking technology
- Girls can save completed looks in the app and customize them with digital photo frames, stickers, and more
- Features Bluetooth connectivity. Made for iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad (3rd generation), and iPad 2 (iOS 6.0 or higher required)
- Requires 3 AA Batteries, Not Included
- Ages 5+
- Retail: $69.99
Conclusion: The Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror, A Fun and Clean Way To Experiment With Makeup
Mattel hit just the right balance of tech and fun with the Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror. The kids had a great time experimenting with all types of different looks and the face tracking is impressive. The system is not perfect, at points the tracking can be off and you can run into some issues if the lighting is too bright or you are wearing certain shades of blue, but these are very minor points. Overall, the Barbie Digital Makeover is an extremely fun toy for girls who like to dress up.
Then there is the dark side of the Barbie Digital Makeover mirror. You could always snap a photo of an unnamed Dad and then blackmail him. I mean what choice would a Dad have, buy you that pony you have been begging for or risk having this photo sent to all his work colleagues…
The Barbie Digital Makeover From Mattel Retails for $69.95