3D printing has seen its fair share of successes, and in one case, students from Harvard University have plans to use 3D printing so that the blind are able to ”see” art. Well, it seems that there is another use for 3D printing this time around, and it could be used for you to try on prescription glasses online. Jonathan Coon, the co-founder and CEO of 1-800 Contacts and its spin-off site Glasses.com, intends to let you do more than just see the glasses that you want online, but rather, hopes to release the app known as Glasses.com 3D Fit that enables an augmented reality shopping experience thanks to the use of 3D technology in order to have it virtually fit onto your face.
With the help of an iPad and the app itself, the user would capture hundreds of pictures of one’s face, so that 15 different angles shot will be used to create an accurate 3D rendering of one’s visage. This is followed by shopping for glasses, where you will then place a bunch of styles on the 3D version of you, including pulling down the glasses virtually so that you have a better idea on how this particular pair that you are partial to would look like when it rests on the tip of your nose. Neat, no?