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Change My Face provides innovative ageing software allowing people to visualise themselves in the future and showing effects of lifestyle such as drinking, smoking, tanning, diet, stress and pollution. We make software for education, science, health, pensions and HR. Our apps have been no.1 in 16 countries, achieving over 1 million downloads and reaching out to a global audience.

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Facing the Future

👤 🕔 March 22, 2017 Comments Off on Facing the Future

We are excited to have contributed towards a new installation by the YBA Artist Gillian Wearing who imagines herself as a 70-year-old in series of images unveiled as part of exhibition at National Portait Gallery

Not everyone will want to know what they might look like when they are 70, but the artist Gillian Wearing is more than happy to contemplate it, dozens of times.

The National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday unveiled a huge wall of images called Rock ’n’ Roll 70 Wallpaper showing a digitally aged Wearing in about 30 different situations and clothes.

They include Wearing as a 70-year-old biker girl in a white vest with breast enhancements and tattoos, and a more down-to-earth Wearing in a dowdy yellow sweater posing happily with her real-life partner, Michael Landy, who is also digitally aged.

There is also a triptych comprising an image of Wearing as she is today, one of her digitally aged, and a blank space to be filled in with a photograph when the artist really is 70.

Sarah Howgate, the gallery’s contemporary curator, said Wearing worked closely with forensic scientists for the project. “It is exploring issues which affect us all … ageing, memento mori, the transience of life,” she said.

Gillian Wearing poses in front of the wall of images
Wearing poses in front of the wall of images showing her 70-year-old selves. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock

The work is part of a new show opening on Thursday that presents works by Wearing alongside pieces by the early 20th-century French surrealist artist Claude Cahun.

Both are from vastly different backgrounds but there are many parallels between them, hence the reason for the show.

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask is at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 March to 29 May.

Tech: The Future of Personalised Health Care

👤 🕔 March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Tech: The Future of Personalised Health Care

Change My Face is now working more with start ups who are accessing our age progression software to flag up warning signs about health and for users of their tech to seek out healthier lifestyles as well as screening.  CXA, Connexion Asia   are unlocking wellness in the workplace with a new app that allows users to input information about their health and see their future selves, as well as having access to screening and information.

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We are also working with the University of Tokyo which also has funding to develop an app to raise awareness of preventable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease in Japan – with the emphasis on prevention being better than cure. Personalised medicine, I understand from them, is the future. Stats from the NHS show thousands of people in England could avoid an early death from one of the five most common killers: Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Lung Disease and Liver Disease. A child born today should expect to live a longer, healthier life than ever before. Yet, a Government report, Living Well for Longer (PDF, 1.6Mb), blames the top five killers for more than 150,000 deaths a year among under-75s in England alone and the Department of Health estimates two-thirds of them are entirely avoidable.

This chart shows the premature death toll by illness. Heart disease and stroke are together referred to as cardiovascular disease.

We are fascinated by what lies ahead with regards to modern healthcare such as this futuristic doctor’s surgery innovation project in San Francisco. Could the days be numbered for our outdated doctor’s surgeries? Technology will ultimately supercede and luckily for us the more information we have at our fingertips, smartphone, accessible doctors etc the more pro-active we can be with our own future health.

 

Forward’s rethinking of the doctor’s office includes lots of touch screens, white walls, and wood accents.

Rachel Metz writes…imagine if your doctor’s office was more like an Apple Store mashed up with a fancy gym: a modern white-and-wood aesthetic, replete with fancy gadgets and gleaming touch screens, for which you paid a monthly fee to visit as often as you wished.

Forward’s exam rooms are sleek and modern, with a large touch screen on one wall that doctors use to go over patients’ information.

Forward combines a variety of services—you can get help with your high cholesterol, a pap smear, and a vaccine for an upcoming overseas trip—with data gathered both at the office and, via wearable gadgets and Forward’s smartphone app, at home. The clinic has a built-in pharmacy; the first round of any drugs your Forward doctor prescribes is free. And blood tests that can be performed and quickly analyzed on site are included, too, as are any wearable gadgets the doc wants to send home with you. It does not accept health insurance.

Forward founder and CEO Adrian Aoun says the startup wants to change how patients approach going to the doctor. Most people just make an appointment when they’re sick or have a weird rash. But while you may see a doctor once or twice a year, “your body hasn’t stopped caring about its health in between,” he notes. It’s concierge medicine, Silicon Valley style, for $149 a month.

23 and Me DNA Testing

23 and Me provides DNA kits, a simple mouth swab allows you to unlock pre-determined information from your own DNA and find out how your genetics relate to things like abnormal blood clotting, cystic fibrosis or response to certain medications. Those who buy the kit can also see if their body metabolises caffeine quickly or if you’re likely lactose intolerant. 23andMe in the UK believe the more you know about your DNA, the more you know about yourself.

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Mirror Mirror

👤 🕔 March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Mirror Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the geekiest of them all? Get ready for this, fairy tale enthusiasts and technology lovers, because the magic mirror has just gone digital. Cybertecture combines the traditional form and function of a mirror with the programmable apps and clean digital display of our favorite gadgets.

Connected wirelessly to the internet and utilizing a user-friendly interface, this incredibly intuitive product allows you to get the information you need while performing its duty as a completely functional mirror. The possibilities are as diverse as they are exciting. Watch TV while blow-drying your hair. Read the news while brushing your teeth. Check Facebook while washing your face.

Moving on, could your magic mirror be a health tool that recognises that your blood sugar is low, or that you cholesterol is on the up? Maybe you can see your face in 10 years ‘ time according to your lifestyle, or perhaps you’ve given up smoking and want to see how much better you’re going to age?

And if the extra displays get distracting, you can always switch the mirror to passive mode and it will simply be a slick reflective surface for you to style your hair or perform your beauty routine. You control the device either with a remote or via your smartphone. It comes with a sensor pad to allow you to track your health vitals, so that you can check up on yourself and the world around you from a single location.

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Research proves teens respond to Smoking Time Machine

👤 🕔 December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Research proves teens respond to Smoking Time Machine

We are pleased to see that recent research in Germany shows that our app Smoking Time Machine does actually help to put teens off smoking, or at least trying.

Me: “Smoking causes cancer.”

My teen patient:  “I know.”

Me: “Smoking causes heart disease.”

My teen patient: “I know.”

Me: “Each cigarette takes away about 11 minutes of your life.”

My teen patient: “That’s bad.”

Me: “People who smoke a pack a day die, on average 7 years earlier than people who have never smoked.”

My teen patient: “That’s really bad.”

Me: “Can I help you quit smoking?”

My teen patient: “No; I’m still going to smoke.”

Unfortunately, I’ve had this conversation many times. One of the most challenging aspects of adolescent medicine is changing unhealthy behaviors like smoking. My patients know that it’s bad, really bad, but they don’t stop. They’re not surprised if I tell them that smoking is linked to nearly 29 percent of U.S. cancer deaths or that smoking-related illnesses claim more American lives than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined.

Some of the problem is their belief that “it’s not going to happen to me.” Others have seen more death and violence in their young lives than one should see in a lifetime — leading them to question whether they will even be alive in 20 years. Every day in the U.S., about 4,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette, and 1,000 of those become smokers. It is estimated that approximately 4.5 million adolescents in the U.S. are smokers.

For teenagers it’s appearance, appearance, appearance.  One thing that teens really care about is appearance. They never seem to pass a mirror without a glance. Many studies have demonstrated the influence of teens’ perceived attractiveness on their self-confidence and quality of life, for example, the relationship between acne and self-esteem. Tapping into this, a recent study done in German secondary schools used a free photo aging mobile app called Smoking Time Machine, which alters a person’s self-portrait (selfie) to predict future appearance. The students’ altered three-dimensional selfies on mobile phones or tablets were “mirrored” via a projector in front of their whole grade. Using an anonymous questionnaire, the researchers then measured the perceptions of 125 students of both genders whose average age was about 13 years old. Most (62 percent) of the students perceived the intervention as fun. More important, most (63 percent) said that the intervention motivated them not to smoke and most (65 percent) said that they learned new benefits of non-smoking.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The cancers and illnesses may appear during adulthood, but most adult smokers began smoking during adolescence. In a study reported in Pediatrics, parental smoking was associated with a significantly higher risk of adolescent children starting to smoke. In addition, the likelihood of children starting to smoke increased with the number of parents who smoked and the length of time that children were exposed to parental smoking. There is a silver lining to this study: Offspring of parents who had quit smoking were no more likely to smoke than offspring of parents who had never smoked.

My advice: 

  1. Parents who smoke should literally quit for their children.
  2. Show your kids the Smoking Time Machine app. They’ll probably laugh and think they look silly…that’s what I call a teachable moment!

Rima Himelstein, M.D., Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System

Download Smoking Time Machine here

Futuristic aging for COSI Science Center

👤 🕔 November 15, 2016 Comments Off on Futuristic aging for COSI Science Center

Almost completed, a multi tasking exhibit to visiulise your future self for the COSI Science Center in Ohio, with effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs, tanning, stress and diet. We’ve really loved working on this project and had great feedback so far:

 

“The software is installed and works like a charm. We started playing around with the software in our exhibition space, and it looks great!  If guests have half as much fun with it as we did it will be a huge hit.  Thanks so much for all of you and your team’s work on the program. The aging effects work wonderfully.  I especially like the ability to get in at the end and re-adjust my selections—it’s not only fun, but I think it really helps get the specific content points across.  Kudos.” Josh Kessler, COSI

 

 

Meet Your Future Self

👤 🕔 November 11, 2016 Comments Off on Meet Your Future Self

We are proud to have created an app for Visa showing the youth of today that depending on how much they save for the future, this could have a negative effect on their wallets, quality of life and looks. Maybe it stands to reason, that if you retire on a measly pension and have little to live off, there’s a chance life could be more stressful, more stress leads to less sleep, a poorer diet etc etc. Plus, an experiment proved that if you could meet your future self, and connect with that image, then you are more likely to put away more pennies for the future. Pensions companies are latching on to this nugget of research to persuade people to save more when they are young – and by using age progression to visualise your future self, maybe you’ll save a little more too? For age progression & financial calculator apps, email us info@changemyface.com

 

Ageing in Style

👤 🕔 September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Ageing in Style

Most of our work is about age progression & lifestyle, all of which is driven by our genes, DNA, upbringing and attitude to life. Although the same things happen physically to all of us as we age such as gravity, repeated use of facial muscles etc we still age in our own unique way and at different speeds. Although it’s now known from research that our life expectancy can be affected by outside influences such as poverty, stress, divorce, happiness, wealth, illness etc  I believe attitude plays the biggest part in embracing the ageing process. While the media likes to dictate how we should look when we’re young and how we should age (or rather not age), our big life decisions will have an impact on the way we age and look. Let’s give ourselves a break and let our decisions be part of who we are and how we look as we grow old beautifully and in our own way.

Let’s celebrate our differences – after all we’re all unique.

Influential: Iris Apfel (pictured), who is 90, has inspired a range of glasses. Created by Eyebobs, a U.S. eye wear brand, the frames are similar to her own

Growing old in style: Iris Apfel

Looking into the Future

👤 🕔 September 9, 2016 Comments Off on Looking into the Future

We’re really excited to be working on some new age progression software for Ohio Science Center – the first ever interactive to show how you’ll look with the effects of stress, alcohol, smoking, diet, excercise and drugs combined – a scary thought indeed – luckily you can make lifestyle changes at the end to ‘improve’ your look. The first piece of interactive software we made for scientific purposes was for the Glasgow Science Centre, and was named the 10 Year Time Machine – showing the effects of drinking and smoking – a fun and slightly shocking interactive that has proved very popular since first being used 4 years ago. We love doing our work…

Sugar Face..what effects our lifestyle choices can have on our looks

👤 🕔 May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Sugar Face..what effects our lifestyle choices can have on our looks

By LYNSEY CLARKE

08:20, 14 May 2016

SUGAR can age the skin as much as smoking and boozing, new evidence claims.

Experts have dubbed the effects of too much sweetness sugar face, saying it reduces elasticity in the skin and can cause wrinkles.

Here, forensic medical artist Auriole Prince uses The Suns LYNSEY CLARKE, 31, to show through age progression what ten more years of sugar, coffee, smoking, booze and using computers could do to her complexion.

Consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson Dr Nisith Sheth explains the problems.

Normal face

Copyright STEWART WILLIAMS 07956 568150 SUN WOMAN. Lynsey Clarke Ageing. Pictures of Lynsey will be digitally aged to reflect the damage done by continually living different life styles 11/5/16

Sugar face

Copyright STEWART WILLIAMS 07956 568150 SUN WOMAN. Lynsey Clarke Ageing. Pictures of Lynsey will be digitally aged to reflect the damage done by continually living different life styles 11/5/16

Dark circles, spots, open pores, wrinkles, sun damage.

Dr Sheth says: There is evidence to suggest that the glycation process, which is caused by high blood sugar, worsens ageing by causing wrinkles and fine lines.

There is also some evidence that high GI foods – fast release sugars such as sugary drinks or sweets – can make acne worse AND make the skin oily.

Lynseys verdict: Thank God I prefer savoury to sweet. I gave up chocolate for Lent this year and seeing what sugar could do to my skin has made me consider cutting it out for good.

I knew that eating cakes and biscuits could cause the odd spot but I had no idea about the wrinkles.

Booze face

Jowls, swollen salivary glands, broken veins, rosacea, dehydration, bloodshot eyes, wrinkles.

Dr Sheth says: Alcohol causes dilation of the blood vessels, which in turn causes flushing and rosacea, permanent redness and spots.

Lynseys verdict: I am partial to a glass of wine so seeing what it can do has terrified me. The red cheeks and bloated neck are especially unattractive.

Smoking face

Copyright STEWART WILLIAMS 07956 568150 SUN WOMAN. Lynsey Clarke Ageing. Pictures of Lynsey will be digitally aged to reflect the damage done by continually living different life styles 11/5/16

Lines and wrinkles, leathery skin, dull complexion, tramlines above lip, more prominent scarring.

Dr Sheth says: Caffeine can open blood vessels and for some this causes a rosy complexion.

Lynseys verdict: “My face has lost any plumpness and looks really gaunt and sallow. It’s enough to put anyone off sparking up.”

Coffee face

Heightened stress spots or breakouts, dehydrated skin, rosy cheeks, dark circles.

Dr Sheth says: Caffeine can open blood vessels and for some this causes a rosy complexion.

Lynseys verdict: I am of the flat white generation and enjoy a frothy coffee each day but I try to balance it out with lots of water. Coffee certainly doesnt have the worst effects on the skin but I wont overdo it.

Computer face

Turkey tech-neck, drooping jowls, frown lines, wrinkles around eyes

Dr Sheth says: Looking at a screen all day could increase wrinkles and being inside an air-conditioned office for long periods can dry out the skin.

Lynseys verdict: The effect the use of technology has around my neck and eyes worries me. I had no idea air-conditioning dehydrated the skin.

Original photos taken by Stewart Williams

Stressful lives can age us by 5 years

👤 🕔 May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Stressful lives can age us by 5 years

Interesting to read that new research from New Zealand has shown that our stressful lifestyles are ageing us beyond our years.

Whether it’s work pressure, financial stress or spending too much time looking after the needs of others, our own health is coming second.

A study, commissioned by insurance company Sovereign, shows at the extreme end, our lifestyle and stress can even add 20 “penalty years” of age.

Penalty years are added through a “health age generator” that assesses everything from exercise to sleep patterns and drinking habits.

So, a 40-year-old with five penalty years, has effectively aged themselves into a 45-year-old.

Overall, the generator revealed that in the 1200 Kiwis surveyed, there was a national average of two penalty years.

Men fared better than women, averaging 1.2 penalty years against 2.2, while penalty years decreased in older Kiwis.

NZ Warriors and former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew said the research marked a national “line in the sand”.

“The main factors seen to be impacting the health age average are work, stress, risky behaviour – like unsafe driving or poor sunsmart choices – and alcohol consumption,” said Dr Mayhew, who is Sovereign’s chief medical officer.