Meitu, the Chinese beautifying filter app that turned to an overnight hit in the West earlier this year, is giving selfie addicts a more valid reason to continue their obsessions.

Enabled by AI technology, Meitu’s selfie apps are expected to give advices not only on quality of makeup application, but also skin condition and potential diseases, said Zhang Wei, CTO of the Xiamen-based company, at TechCrunch Shenzhen today.

“There’s already dermatological diagnosis hardware on the market, but we believe a good hardware should adopt to user behaviors rather than change them. Most existing dermatological devices takes the form of a hardware accessory,” he said. “They might be good products, but it is difficult to keep users. On the other hand, selfie diagnosis allows users to have two tasks done at the same time.”

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.