Future Mirror Thing
[Future Technology]

Here's an example of bad design: On dictionary.com, I looked up eponymous, and the definition is "Of, relating to, or constituting an eponym. [From Greek epnumos. See eponym.]" For some reason, "eponym" in the "See eponym" is not a link. Isn't it blantently obvious that it'd be very user-friendly to give the user a link there, as opposed to forcing me to actually type of "eponym" in the search box? Anyway, I bring this up because this article used the word eponymous and I didn't know what that word meant.

The article talks about a "mirror" that's actually a webcam and an LCD display with some software. The webcam monitors your daily activities (or lack thereof), and you fill in a short survey about your eating habits, and the webcam will capture a picture of your face, the software will photoshop it, and the LCD will show what you will look like in five years. Quoth the article "If the computer feels you are eating too much, it will calculate how many pounds to add to the image of the person standing in front of the mirror. [...] Too much alcohol? Expect early wrinkles and blotchy skin."

Sounds pretty cool from the technological side of things, and I'd welcome some (more immediately beneficial) motiviation for a healthier lifestyle.

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