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

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



1. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

3. TerryTerius unregistered

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

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

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

8. Unordinary unregistered

This has been around for a while, moron.

2. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

6. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is pretty lame. I mean really?

10. SkyfallWalker

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

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

11. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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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