Being a Google engineer also means that you don’t have to wait for new gadgets to come up in the market, instead you can simply invent the products you want to make use of. Meet geek, Max Braun who is an engineer at Google and decided to transform his mundane bathroom mirror into a smart mirror simply by using his ingenuity and some easily available components. The conventional accessory has been transformed into a notification center that displays date, time, weather forecast and the latest news.
How exactly did he manage that? When will we get such mirrors in the consumer market? Ah yes, a gazillion questions, we’re sure. Hold on geeks, we are going to take you through the journey of this amazing transformation. Max Braun made use of a two-way mirror along with a display panel, controller board, some secondary components and arts and crafts supplies. He has provided link to all of the components that he has used along with a brief description of the building process that he made use of.
However, to cover it whole in a nutshell; he connected the display behind the two-way mirror with Amazon Fire TV Stick via mini controller board. The Fire TV Stick is responsible for running the software while the board has been also connected to a power button and a green LED. It doesn’t feature voice command or a touchscreen and updates itself regularly on its own. However, it still is something that will leave your guests astonished. Braun stated that the added enhancements to the mirror have not impeded with its basic purpose of looking at oneself. He says, “Unless the weather is cloudy, there will be little color in the UI, but for the most part the text and icons are monochrome to prevent them from being too distracting.”
Braun says that he is still improving the layout and user interface while carrying out experiments with various widgets such as daily reminders, traffic updates and even voice search. He says, “This prototype is still a work in progress and I haven’t spent much time on the software yet. The UI above is only a few hundred lines of code and I’m experimenting with different devices to run it – initially Chromecast, then Nexus Player, and most recently Fire TV Stick. Maybe I’ll post a more detailed making-of with the pictures I took during the build.”
We are quite sure that many other geeks who love the DIY would be waiting for this to happen soon. This way, improvements can be suggested as well thus rendering the project more practical and useful. Meanwhile, we have our fingers crossed as to when the smart mirrors become a reality.