This is another one of those “Why-didn’t-I-think-of-that?” moments.
Last year, entrepreneur Raj Chhiibber poured $1 million of his own money into developing a face-scanning device that not only detects skin-related disorders, but also predicts things like when wrinkles are going to begin and where. It provide tips on how much sun exposure a person can handle, their likelihood of developing acne and much more. There’s a good write-up in the Mercury News today.
Within a year, his San Jose company, BrighTex Bio-Photonics and another company, Moritex (which makes the machine to run BrighTex’s software), say they have sold 40 of the gadgets, which range in price from $20,000 to $50,000. In other words, they’ve already reaped in the amount he invested, or about $1 million. In this great nation of vanity, this could be a big hit.
And lest you write this off as an old-world medical industry company, Chhibber says he’s considering letting someone take a picture of their face with cell-phone and then emailing the data to BrighTex for analysis.