Pentland Brands uses ground-breaking face scanning technology in new Speedo Mirror app

Pentland Brands is bringing digital innovation and augmented reality (AR) into the sportswear sector with the trial of the new Speedo Mirror app.

Speedo Mirror is a ground-breaking digital shopping experience, which helps customers find the best goggles for their face shape and size anywhere by simply using the app on their smart phone. Using the latest 3D face scanning technology, the app recommends the best fitting product in real-time and provides an instant preview of the product on the customer’s face, emulating the in-store experience wherever the consumer is.

Ahead of its launch on the App Store on 9th September, Speedo has spent the last two months trialling the technology. Using a tablet device, 3500 users have virtually tried on over 30,000 goggles and received 2,500 custom-made recommendations.

Ben Hardman, Head of Innovation at Pentland Brands, said: “The Speedo Mirror app is a great example of how we’re combining digital and product innovation in our brands, which is becoming increasingly important as consumers interact with products in the digital space.

“This technology will undoubtedly enhance our customers’ shopping experiences by allowing them to interact with the product before they make a purchase. In this instance, it helps them address a well-documented human pain point: leaky goggles.”

The AR app marks Speedo’s first foray into App Store shopping, allowing consumers to try all available goggle styles before they buy, with the option of purchasing in-app.

Ben added: “What’s significant is that the technology can be applied to any footwear, apparel or accessories that are custom-fitted. Across the Pentland Brands portfolio there are plenty of opportunities for us to think about how we can use AR to make our brands and products even more accessible.”

To download the app, click here.

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