Our concept is simple
Our project will allow makeup users the ability to create unlimited shades of powdered makeup that cosmetic stores can’t provide, in a cost-effective and quick manner. The prototype uses an iOS app, Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, and an embedded printer component which incorporates fuel injector technology.
Our most direct competition, the Mink Pen is a product built for manually measuring ink and mixing your own makeup, a time consuming and messy process of over 12 required steps. Our product would eliminate all manual work the pen requires, allowing the user to simply select a color on the app and press print to have the Chroma printer give you an eye shadow substrate with the correct mix of CMY values. Read more about Mink here
The MODA Printer has the user select a makeup look on a mobile app, place your face into the printer and will therefore spray the makeup directly onto your face. Our Chroma Makeup Printer provides the right amount of technology involvement in the makeup process by accelerating how makeup is created but not by putting the user at safety risk. Read more about MODA here
The user can select any color via the Chroma app using a color picker or by uploading an image
Quantity requirement: Quantity of the final product will be enough to last for 1-2 uses
Smartphone shall communicate with the Chroma printer via Bluetooth, and be able to send the CMY values from the app to the printer to begin a print job
Cost requirement: Chroma printer should be under $350, which is the price of competitive products
Upon receiving the message from the app, the Chroma printer shall expel atomized ink droplets proportional to CMY values onto a white powder substrate
Size requirement: Chroma printer should be smaller than a regular printer
The printer will expel ink droplets in such a fashion as to cover the whole substrate, as evenly as possible
Timing requirement: Chroma printer should take no more than one minute to prepare final product
Colour of the final product should be reasonably close to goal
We are a group of Senior Electrical and Computer Engineering majors from Carnegie Mellon University, focused on embedded systems technology. Our inspiration for this project came from personal experience, being familiar with the frustrations of the overflowing makeup drawer. Recently there has been a lot of innovation in the 3D printing industry, so we thought, why not apply some of the same technology to short circuit the makeup supply chain?