Democratising dermatology: new consumer spectroscopy launch for more personalisation

By Kirsty Doolan

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trinamiX said the new technology can give the user personalised recommendations that could improve their skin health
trinamiX said the new technology can give the user personalised recommendations that could improve their skin health

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The new technology promises to “revolutionise the way we understand and evaluate our individual biomarkers.” We spoke to the company behind the launch to find out how this could impact the beauty industry…

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 26th​ -29th​ February, biometric solutions provider trinamiX, which is a subsidiary of chemicals multinational BASF SE, will be unveiling a new consumer spectroscopy for mobile devices that could impact the cosmetics industry and offer new levels of personalisation.

The company said the consumer spectroscopy, which is integrated into a smartphone reference design, enables new applications in the fields of beauty, fitness, and health.

It comprises a sensor, integrated into the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Reference Design, that can measure individual health and fitness indicators in real time by simply placing the mobile device on the skin.

The tech works in combination with an intuitive app and data analysis backed by machine learning to give the user personalised recommendations that it said could, for example, improve their skin health.

Non-invasive biomarker measurements

trinamiX’s director for consumer electronics in North America and Europe, Wilfried Hermes, said this tech “harnesses the power of NIR spectroscopy to provide users with non-invasive biomarker measurements on their skin, enabling numerous applications with the potential to revolutionise the way consumers use mobile devices.”

“Through the proprietary spectroscopy module, smart algorithms, and a user-friendly app, the smartphone or other mobile devices can become a hub of individual beauty insights,” explained Hermes.

He said that the technology seamlessly integrates into mobile devices and can empower people to “take control of their wellbeing, for example skin and hair health or other everyday use of biomarkers measurement.”

“Think of this technology as a camera that sees what is invisible to the human eye,” he explained. “It integrates right into your mobile device for on-the-go readings, providing an accurate measurement of biomarkers such as hydration levels and thus allowing users to track vital health indicators.”

He expected this technology will: “serve as a foundation for the next generation of apps that will enable consumers to take charge of their wellbeing and make informed decisions for a healthier lifestyle.”

Spectroscopy, chemometrics & skin care

For the first application of this new technology, trinamiX has brought together its expertise in spectroscopy and chemometrics with the knowledge of its partner Revea – a skin care science and customised care products provider.   

“The jointly developed prototype of an app shows how 2/2 consumer spectroscopy can add value in the field of skin care,” shared Hermes.

“By measuring the biomarkers through Revea’s face scan and additionally with trinamiX’s spectrometer, consumers can get a complete picture of their skin. Based on this, the app can recommend the right treatment that is precisely tailored to the individual skin.”

Founder and CTO of Revea, Troels Marstrand, believed that trinamiX’s technology could be a gamechanger for the beauty industry.

“By measuring the moisture level of a person’s skin, this technology adds additional insights to Revea’s visual skin analysis,” explained Marstrand.

“This will further improve skin care recommendations, helping users to find the right treatment for their skin type and keep tabs on their hydration levels – all with a simple scan.”

trinamiX said it is open to further collaborations to “expedite the broad adoption of consumer spectroscopy for various industries and applications.”  

It also highlighted that the technology can also be easily integrated into IoT devices such as handheld beauty tech devices.

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