Amazon has filed a US patent application for a “blended reality” mirror.
The patent details a mirror that combines data from cameras, displays and projectors with lighting to provide a “visual representation” of clothing on the user’s body.
The technology combines images reflected by the mirror with images transmitted from a screen behind the mirror.
Amazon said in the filing: “The display device can generate a pattern of illumination and non-illumination on the screen so that the illuminated portions of the screen substantially transmit through the mirror.”
By using projectors to illuminate objects in front of the mirror, the combination of both images transmitted through the mirror and reflections would create a “blended reality” view for the mirror’s user.
Amazon filed the application with the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week.
The news comes months after Seattle-based Amazon acquired technology start-up Body Labs in October. The purchased company specialises in 3D-body scanning and modelling software for various applications including fashion and gaming.