A facebook app that encourages you to de-tox sounds like it could be useful. Especially come January, that month of penance and eating detox soup. But, on closer inspection, this app - MirrorMe - also sounds like it would make you run screaming away from your computer screen.
According to a press release, the MirrorMe app uses the same facial recognition technology that the CIA and police around the world use to show you what your face will look like if you persist with your bad habits. After answering a few questions about your lifestyle, it takes a suitable photo from your Facebook profile to produce an image of what your future face will look like. After you've ravaged it with Quality Street, cocktail sausages and booze that is...
The app takes medical factors into account, as well as factors such as location and ethnic origin.
Of course eat lettuce all you want, there's not a whole lot that can be done about the natural ageing process, it's part of being a human isn't it.
Anyway, if for whatever reason, you want to guess what your face will look like in 10 or 20 years, try the app out. It's free and according to the site, "fun". Yeah real fun...
Jeremiah Alexander from Ideonic, the team behind the app, says: "In a way the MirrorMe app reflects what Ideonic is all about - a fresh and innovative company which seeks to inform and educate but in a fun, free, innovative, non preaching or judgemental way."
Mentionned on Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies programme. There you go.
App here: http://apps.facebook.com/mirrorme
Images here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirrormeapp
Website here: www.MirrorMeGallery.co.uk