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Mobile cosmetics advisor: an imaging based mobile service
Author(s): Nina Bhatti; Harlyn Baker; Hui Chao; Scott Clearwater; Mike Harville; Jhilmil Jain; Nic Lyons; Joanna Marguier; John Schettino; Sabine Süsstrunk
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Paper Abstract

Selecting cosmetics requires visual information and often benefits from the assessments of a cosmetics expert. In this paper we present a unique mobile imaging application that enables women to use their cell phones to get immediate expert advice when selecting personal cosmetic products. We derive the visual information from analysis of camera phone images, and provide the judgment of the cosmetics specialist through use of an expert system. The result is a new paradigm for mobile interactions-image-based information services exploiting the ubiquity of camera phones. The application is designed to work with any handset over any cellular carrier using commonly available MMS and SMS features. Targeted at the unsophisticated consumer, it must be quick and easy to use, not requiring download capabilities or preplanning. Thus, all application processing occurs in the back-end system and not on the handset itself. We present the imaging pipeline technology and a comparison of the services' accuracy with respect to human experts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7542, Multimedia on Mobile Devices 2010, 754205 (27 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840303
Show Author Affiliations
Nina Bhatti, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Harlyn Baker, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Hui Chao, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Scott Clearwater, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Mike Harville, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Jhilmil Jain, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Nic Lyons, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Joanna Marguier, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
John Schettino, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
Sabine Süsstrunk, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7542:
Multimedia on Mobile Devices 2010
Reiner Creutzburg; David Akopian, Editor(s)

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