Lets get our facts right. We have all been formally introduced to the touch screen world and smart homes. Now here is a segment where your old smartphones and tablets are finding their resting place, probably behind what we would like to call smart mirrors. Sounds interesting? Read more to find out!
Welcome to the DIY segment of Electronics of Things. This community has always held its head high up even when the mainstream market doesn’t provide for them.
Google employee Max Braun designed this incredible piece of technology a couple of years back. Built from a super-thin Asus monitor behind two-way glass, with a Fire TV streaming stick running on a custom Android application; the screen shows widgets like time, weather and headlines. The User interface he created doesn’t have much interaction capabilities but what is more workable is a built in voice search feature using the Android operating system that gives a relatively more personalised feel. This way, we don’t need to keep touching the mirror and smudge it with finger grease each time.
The monitor and glass forms the major investment for designing such a system and other DIY experts estimate that it could cost somewhere above $500.
How does the Magic Mirror work?
This innovative mirror user the brain power of Raspberry Pi . Built by Michael Teeuw’s “Magic Mirror” in the year 2014; the components that got into this system where: a flat-screen on a wooden frame with again two-way glass overlaid. The interface was created using OpenWeatherMap for weather purposes and iCal and other news feed applications in the background.
Teeuw’s blog has a detailed, multi-part description of the build and the Raspberry Pi code is available on Github.The cost of setting this system would be about a few hundred dollars is what DIY experts say. A very good alternative to impress your techie friends when the party at your home. The best part is many techies have designed in on their own already. Again, it would probably cost a few hundred dollars or more to put together your own Magic Mirror, as plenty of folks have done.
This one on a flip side could be the the least expensive mirror of all. Hannah Mitt’s open-source HomeMirror project has the capability to get the job done just by using two-way mirrored plastic instead of glass and designing it around an Android tablet. Though the display is comparatively smaller one can still get the rich experience of a smart mirror and be more than happy.
Other advantages of this alternative using a tablet can also help to tap into the hardware that it has, like accessing the camera and detecting users mood and customising the screens to uplift the viewer. Get mirrored plastic, adhesives an old Tablet and get started don’t worry about the cost. This tech is guaranteed to not burn your pocket
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