Android is coming to bathrooms around the world through a smart mirror
by Milen Yanachkov / Jan 08, 2019, 6:19 AM
In the age of the smart home, one can expect every appliance in their abode — from the juicer to the porcelain throne — to be smart and controllable with voice or through almost any imaginable combination of smart devices and AI assistants. At CES this year, many companies, among which Apple and Samsung, announced various smart home device integrations and new products, further solidifying their commitment to the home of tomorrow.
One of the more interesting announcements at this year's show comes from Capstone Connected Home and is about a smart mirror. As any other mirror, this one is reflective, so you can see yourself looking horribly tired early in the morning, but it's also different because underneath the reflective layer, resides a display.
Now, unlike the myriad Google Assistant- and Alexa-enabled smart speakers and displays that are flooding the market, this mirror is apparently running actual Android, with access to the Play Store and everything this entails. The mirror also has full support for Google Assistant and can be interacted with via voice commands, which is a good thing, but according to Android Authority, it also supports touch, which will, no doubt, turn the glossy gadget into a messy canvas of fingerprints.
Aside from these methods of interaction, the Capstone Smart Mirror also has a dedicated control hub. Resembling a big tablet, the Hub can also be used independently as an entertainment device (and who doesn't need one in the bathroom?).
There's no info on pricing yet, but Capstone Connected Home intends to launch a number sizes and models this year.
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I wonder how this will impact privacy, given Google's TRACK record. If it's capable of displaying ads Google will attempt to "serve you personal" ads as much as possible, which means data collection. Whether it has a camera for selfies or always-on mic for voice commands, this thing could have some major privacy implications. Here's to hoping it won't be hacked by creeps.
posted on Jan 08, 2019, 6:46 AM 7
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Since it runs a full version of Android, it depends on the app if it will show ads. if they are personal or not, depends on your Google settings. Pretty sure people who use Google services, don't whine about privacy that much. And no it doesn't have a camera and yes it does have a mic (for the Google assistant), which is always on locally. So what major privacy implications does this have over things like Google Home or other smart hubs?
posted on Jan 08, 2019, 9:32 AM 0
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Your turning to an insult to strengthen your point tells me you have no interest in an intelligent dialogue. I will waste no more of my time providing facts about Google's less than reputable methods of data collection, as you've clearly not taken the time to educate yourself on this issue.
posted on Jan 08, 2019, 9:53 PM 0
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So google can track my bowel movements and shower habits? Not likely.
posted on Jan 08, 2019, 6:48 AM 4
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I'm on my phone every time I take a crap anyways so this would be performed for me. Lol
posted on Jan 08, 2019, 10:11 AM 0
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Good god, this is perverse , we are already seeing google power in use , google everywhere is scary thought maybe government gets involved soon ? no idea wats in store anymore. Social media n technology have their uses but this is getting to scary levels.
posted on Jan 08, 2019, 7:18 AM 5
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posted on Jan 08, 2019, 7:49 AM 0
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I cover the cameras on my laptops. No way is this thing going to be in my house.
posted on Jan 08, 2019, 9:00 AM 2
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