When the world doesn’t offer you a Smart Mirror, sometimes you just have to make one yourself. At least, you do if you’re a software engineer at Google with a bit of spare time on your hands. Max Braun created this awesome DIY Smart Mirror in his spare time, and it runs Google Now.
Using a two-way mirror, display panel, some cheap components and a controller board, Braun was able to create a very polished-looking result, right up there with the best Internet of Things products made by actual manufacturers. Perhaps even better. Considering this is a do-it-yourself-in-your-spare-time project, you have to take your hat off to Mr. Braun.
There’s no shortage of home-made Smart Mirrors floating around the internet already, but this one sticks out for being so slick-looking. Working at Google probably doesn’t hurt your chances of getting things right either. To power the whole thing, Braun first used a Chromecast, then a Nexus Player and finally a Fire TV Stick to generate automatic updates for the mirror along with “OK, Google” voice commands.
What is the Internet of Things?
At the moment Braun’s Smart Mirror displays pretty much what Google Now does: weather updates, news headlines (via an Associated Press RSS feed) and he is working on traffic updates, reminders and anything else you might see on a Google Now card. As he notes, until he settles on a particular platform he’ll continue to tinker.
WANT. NEED. https://t.co/gfwHCAaHod
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) February 3, 2016
Considering Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android, Chromecast and Chrome OS posted the above tweet when he saw Braun’s efforts, we might just see a Nexus Mirror at next year’s Google I/O.
What do you think of this smart mirror compared to others you’ve seen? What IoT device do you think will take off the most?