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Googler creates a 'smart mirror' allowing him to shave and check out the news at the same time

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Googler creates a 'smart mirror' allowing him to shave and check out the news at the same time
A Googler by the name of Max Braun has developed a pretty cool connected bathroom mirror. Using two-way glass, a display panel, a controller board and some components like the ones you might find in a blister pack at Radio Shack, Braun created a smart mirror that is using some simple APIs including one for the Associated Press, and one for Forecast.

The mirror updates automatically, and it will also respond to voice search. Braun is looking to add other capabilities like traffic updates, reminders and any other subject that works with Google Now.

Braun says that the display is thin, only a couple of mm thin, and it took only a couple hundred lines of code to get the UI to where it is now. He has experimented running it on Chromecast, Nexus Player and the Fire TV Stick. Max admits that he needs to select a platform and clean up the electronics inside.

For now, Max can keep up to date on what's going on in the world and check the weather outside his door every time he shaves in the morning.


source: Medium via BGR

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posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:10

1. JGuinan007 (Posts: 674; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I wonder who will steal this Idea 1st and start selling smart mirrors at lowe's

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:42 5

3. TerryTerius (Posts: 1412; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


This isn't all that different from prototypes LG, Samsung and others have shown of similar concepts.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:09 5

4. ibend (Posts: 3155; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


Apple will steal, and patent this one...
but they'll never sell any smart mirror, lol

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:46

12. elitewolverine (Posts: 4993; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Ummmm there was a dude that used iphones before this to do the same thing.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:49 1

7. joevsyou (Posts: 667; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


the idea has been around and wouldn't be shocked if it's patented already.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:07 3

8. Unordinary (Posts: 997; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


This has been around for a while, moron.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:39 4

2. FakeMatt (Posts: 35; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


The "smart mirror" idea itself is unoriginal as I've seen several other DIY projects hit the front page of reddit before. This does seem to be the most elegant one yet. I like how well integrated it is in the existing space, and the voice input is a huge improvement over previous iterations.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:32 1

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 5236; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


NEST and other IOT companies should pick up and market it to those who want it.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:36

6. buccob (Posts: 2490; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Nest is owned by Alphabet, so it's basically Google already

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:14

9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10516; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This is pretty lame. I mean really?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:11 2

10. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


That's cool. I see this becoming a thing in a couple of years.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:21

11. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 423; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Man, PA is all like there hasn't been 1000s of smart mirrors on Reddit with this exact layout already.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:50 3

13. elitewolverine (Posts: 4993; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


What I would do is have it link into MS Health or other fitness apps to display not only news...but your daily health stats

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