RFID mirror automatically insults your fashion sense
Trinny and Susannah redundant*?
Not content with tracking our children and getting under the skin of cattle; RFID readers are now being embedded in mirrors so the changing room can insult your selection of outfits as you try them on.
Being demonstrated by the Paxar Corporation at the Material World show in Miami Beach, the magicmirror is intended to read the tags on clothing, and present the customer with accessories or coordinating items they might like to buy.
According to Chris Robins, vice president of trade marketing at Paxar, the magicmirror "is poised to become a huge driver of item-level RFID adoption as consumers are encouraged to interact with the positive features and experience the significant benefits RFID brings.""
Like all modern consumer technology it's also described as "fun", though it's hard to imagine a mirror saying anything useful unless it's that we're the fairest of them all.
* Yes: they've moved on to insulting people's sex lives these days, but so far RFID tags can't do that yet so perhaps they were preparing for this day.
What a world...
Can you imagine if someone who died back in the 70s came back to life now and saw all the technological crap we surround ourselves with now? They wouldn't know what's going on. Now imagine how bad it would be if someone from the 1770's came back....
The dressing rooms in shops already give me the creeps... Imagine having the freaking mirror start talking to you...
Might actually be useful
Given how badly I see people dressed every day, it might just be a good thing for these walking fashion horrors (some of which certainly follow fashion a bit too closely) to have some guidance in some cases.
I dream of a mirror screaming like a pig when some bloated tub tries on that midriff-baring apple-green tank top and a beige miniskirt. With black, thigh-level cowboy boots.
Come to think of it, I think such equipment should be mandatory for upcoming and on-their-way-out pop stars. Eh, Britney ?
Somehow I knew this day would come. People have begun taking advice from inanimate objects. The next thing you know they will be taking orders. Oh well...
If it's come to this, I demand a mirror that will tell me I look too hung over to go to work.