Thanks to Microsoft, they’ve recently released an open-source guide on how to build your very own IoT Magic Mirror!
“Our magic mirror is basically a one-way mirror (like you might have seen in Hollywood depictions of interrogation rooms), made “smart” by a simple LCD display which sits behind the mirror and displays white UI elements with a black background. When the display is on, you can see both your reflection and the white elements, allowing software to present relevant information while you get ready for the day.”
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And since it’s open-source, you’ll be able to add in any kind of program you’d like, including the Internet of Things (IoT) to have it communicate with the rest of your household. The open-sourced web app is available on Microsoft’s GitHub repository.
As I said before, the concept idea of smart mirrors has traversed across science fiction for many years. At times they were used to project real-time news information on the spot, whereas others were used to augment your physical appearance. These ideas are now up for the taking in our 21st century reality. As it becomes easier to etch intelligence into the very fabric of your home, how you communicate with it – and equally how it communicates with itself – becomes all the more advanced. People in the future, and similarly our technologies, will seem almost precocious in relation to how we perceive ourselves and the devices we use today.