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The future's so bright, you gotta wear (virtual) shades

August 4, 2009 |  3:11 pm

Loads of websites are now boasting "try-on" technology. The Tie Bar's "matching tie" feature, which allows men to try on ties with the shirts in their closet, is pretty brilliant, and it's easy to kill a couple of hours trying on celebrity hairstyles at DailyMakeover.

 But Ray-Ban has just debuted the coolest, most seamless feature I've seen so far. WayfarerDownload the "Virtual Mirror" program and use your web-cam to try on different styles of sunglasses in real time. It's pretty addictive. (As you move your face, the frames even hover in place.)

I'm trying to decide between a pair of classic Aviators and yet another pair of Wayfarers -- in rose. By the way, the Ray-Ban retail site is new, too, and it's great to have all the colors and sizes in one easy-to-browse place.

-- Booth Moore

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Photo: Ray-Ban Wayfarer. Credit: Ray-Ban