My Bathroom Mirror Is Smarter Than Yours

When I couldn’t buy a smart mirror and made one instead

Max Braun
OneZero
Published in
3 min readJan 30, 2016

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SSometime late last year I realized that I wanted my ordinary bathroom mirror to be more like the future we were promised in the movies.

There doesn’t seem to be anyone selling the product I was looking for. The individual parts, however, were fairly easy to get. A number of people have done similar custom builds recently, but I had something different in mind.

So I ordered myself a two-way mirror, a display panel and controller board, plus a bunch of components and arts & crafts supplies. In reality there was quite a bit of experimentation and some dead ends before I got to this set of parts, but let’s have a look at the finished — yet by no means final—result:

Welcome to my bathroom. Please excuse the carefully arranged mess around the medicine cabinet and its pristine mirror surface.

To the right of where my face would be we have the time and date. To the left is the current weather and a 24-hour forecast. Below are some recent news headlines. Here’s a close-up of that area:

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Max Braun
OneZero

Engineering at Google AI. Previously building products in robotics, wearables, and augmented reality. Exploring art, technology, and philosophy. braun.design