Warby Parker's app uses TrueDepth technology to recommend glasses

Pretty much every glasses app has a virtual try-on feature that allows users to place glasses on a photo of themselves in an attempt to figure out which pair they should purchase. However, that sort of service is hit and miss at best, as it's difficult to actually tell how the frames would sit on your face. Enter Warby Parker's new in-app feature.

First spotted by Joanna Stern on Twitter, the new feature uses the newly-released iPhone X's front-facing TrueDepth camera (i.e. the camera that makes things like Animoji and Face ID possible) to scan your face within the Warby Parker app. It then displays a custom list of glasses that it thinks will suit your face shape based on that data.

Though this is extremely cool and beneficial, it does feel like a step is missing due to the fact that you can't use TrueDepth to try on the frames once they're recommended to you. With apps like Snapchat already taking advantage of face-mapping for more accurate filter placement, surely more accurate virtual try-on within apps like Warby Parker's isn't too far off.

If you're in the market for some new specs and want to take advantage of the Warby Parker app's cool new feature so you'll look your absolute flyest, you can get it here:


If you've already taken Warby Parker's suggestion feature, how was your experience? What has been your favorite use of iPhone X's face-mapping technology so far? Give us a shout in the comments!

Tory Foulk

Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.