Warby Parker’s app is cleverly using the iPhone X’s face mapping to recommend glasses

The Verge:

The glasses company is cleverly using the iPhone’s camera to take maps of people’s faces, and use that data to recommend styles of glasses that will best fit your face. It’s a step beyond the digital try on system the company has previously offered, where it would try to place a virtual pair of glasses on a picture to let you see how it looks.

Sadly, I’m in the market for glasses but dread going in to a store to try them on. This might resolve that pain point for me.



  • SV650

    Shawn, choose someone with good taste to accompany you to the frames vendor. Makes it a lot less painful, or at least it does for me.

    • Mo

      This. Pain aside, I very much need the immediate feedback from someone I trust, lest I make a terrible, terrible decision.

  • Doesn’t work for me on my iPhone X 😕

  • lkalliance

    In light of the recent hand-wringing over third party developers gaining access to the True Depth camera, this is a perfect example. I can see someone asking, “Wait, why does Warby Parker have access to your face? Isn’t it kept secret?” The answer is, as we know, that the Face ID data is secret, but that there are APIs that allow Warby Parker and others to use the True Depth sensors.

    So now come the followup questions, the asking of which I think is a good idea: if privacy advocates are concerned about third parties getting face data, and if Warby Parker is in fact getting face data…how good is that face data? Good enough to suggest glasses…good enough to degrade privacy?

    I expect the answer to be, “no, it’s not good enough,” but this would be an excellent example to use to illustrate it!