Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Personalized Beauty Care Provided by Innovative Technology: Beauty x Sensing/AI/Information Presentation

Request Number
Due Date
Mar 22
Program Manager

Establishment of a joint business,
joint/contract development, licensing,
sales expansion


Phase 1: Partner selection: Within half a year
Phase 2: Concept model production: Within 3 years


Budget for joint development already secured (details open to discussion based on proposals)


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RFP was closed on
Mar 2019

RFP Title


Personalized Beauty Care Provided by Innovative Technology: Beauty x Sensing/AI/Information Presentation
RFP Description

NineSigma’s Client, a multi-billion-dollar manufacturer whose main business field is appliances, seeks a partner that can jointly create a new beauty care experience by fusion with advanced technologies, such as sensing, AI, and information presentation.

Key Success Criteria

Devices to maintain beauty are already available on the market. However, care provided by these devices is still limited to one based on the age or skin characteristics measured at special facilities. Devices for personalized treatment suitable for every individual condition and every environment is not yet provided. A personalized beauty care that incorporates innovative technologies is therefore supposed to possibly offer new beauty care experiences. The Client aims at building a device or service to meet any one of the following needs through cooperation with a partner:

  • Allow individuals to grasp their beauty conditions and environment by using a device or service in an easy, speedy, and accurate manner at home. The beauty conditions include:
    • skin conditions (e.g., wrinkles, blemishes, pores, texture, moisture content, sebum quantity, blood flow volume, color, elasticity, inflammation, pimples, porphyrin, desquamation, lymph, hidden blemishes, infiltration of cosmetics), 
    • hair characteristics (e.g., temperature, moisture content, color, glow, electrostatic charge amount, pH, damages [e.g., cuticle peel-off, porosity, component balance, breakage, split hair], waviness, length, amount), and 
    • beard characteristics (e.g., length, thickness, color, hair-raising angle, direction, ingrown hair, hairline). 
    • The environment includes temperature, humidity, and ultraviolet quantity.
Possible Approaches

Possible Approaches

  • Sensing device that is embeddable in beauty device, wearable, portable, or installable at home
    • Non-contact or contact type
  • Sensing technology using smartphones or tablets
    • Apps or camera-captured image analysis technique
  • Technology that can intuitively show sensing/analytical results through sight, touch, and hearing in realtime or after sensing while saving a user effort

The Client expects partnering with an organization that has any one of the above-mentioned technologies or ideas.

The Client also welcomes new materials available for sensing devices.

Approaches not of Interest

The followings are excluded:

  • Service provision requiring physician’s cooperation
  • VR, smart mirror
Items to be Submitted


The Client can provide opportunities as listed below depending on the desire or technical completion stage of the proposer:

  • Business development through joint research/development
  • Promotion of technology/service using global sales channels of the Client


Notes on Response

Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.


Anticipated Project Process

After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.

The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.


Response evaluation

The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.

  • Overall scientific and technical merit
  • Approach to proof of concept or performance
  • Economic potential of concept
  • Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
  • Potential for proprietary position
  • Respondents’ capability and related experiences
Preferred Collaboration Types
Area of Interest