A software engineer from Google built his own smart mirror for his bathroom while you are waiting to have one from the market. Named Max Braun, this engineer decided to make this mirror in his spare time and posted the details on Medium.
You may have seen a DIY smart mirror before, but the one of Braun’s turned out to be a sleek, Android –powered mirror straight out of Sci-Fi. He used a two-way mirror, a display panel, a controller board, plus a bunch of components and arts & crafts supplies. Using a combination of Android and weather forecast APIs, as well as an Associated Press RSS feed, he created this informatory pane of glass. Being only a millimeter thin, the display is studded in a layer between the two-way mirror glass and the door of the medicine cabinet.
The display panel is quite impressive. You can see the date and time to the right where your face would be. To the left, you could see the current weather and a 24-hour forecast with some recent news headlines below. For the most part, the icons and text are monochrome to prevent you from being too distracted.
“Other concepts I’m playing with are traffic, reminders and essentially anything that has a Google Now card,” said Braun. “The idea is that you don’t need to interact with this UI. Instead, it updates automatically and there’s an open-ended voice search interface for anything else.”
Despite its impressive appearance, Braun still calls the project a prototype. If you look inside the mirror, you’ll find a jungle of wires with an Amazon Fire TV Stick running on Android APK that drives the UI. He created the UI using a few hundred lines of code and is experimenting with different devices such as Chromecast, Nexus Player, and recently Fire TV Stick. The mirror can even listen to your questions with the voice search feature in Google’s mobile app. This is an amazing project and we are hoping to see more of them in the next CES.