Homemade Android-powered bathroom mirror has us all sorts of jealous

Start collecting a stable of “smart” gadgets in your life, and you might quickly find yourself sliding down a slippery slope, unable to look at anything you interact with on a daily basis without that thought popping into your head: “wouldn’t it be neat if this could run [platform of choice]?” For those of us blessed by inspiration and armed with a little DIY know-how, it doesn’t take long for thoughts like that to start manifesting themselves in the form of projects, and one Google engineer’s been getting a lot of attention recently for the very impressive-looking hardware he managed to cook up, marrying an Android UI with an otherwise very traditional bathroom mirror.

The mirror’s still a mirror, but embedded behind its glass is an LCD panel wired to an Amazon Fire stick and running a custom Android UI. That gives it some simple weather-forecasting and news-reporting tools, all without cluttering things up too much – this is a mirror after all, and we still need to see our smiling mug in it.

Creator Max Braun still talks about some avenues for improvement – like for as nice as this setup looks from the outside, there are still a few extra wires hanging loose inside the medicine cabinet behind the screen. And it’s also worth noting that there doesn’t appear to be any touch interface here – you may be able to get synopses of the latest headlines, but a more interactive Android-based mirror would take a little extra work.

Even with those considerations in mind, this is still one heck of an impressive project, and we’ve got a feeling it can’t be long before someone decides to take this idea and make a polished commercial product out of it. Would you be eager to add a smart mirror to your own bathroom?


Source: Max Braun (Medium)
Via: The Verge

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!