Cybertecture's magical mirror is bursting with augmented information
By Paul Ridden
October 20, 2011
Had the wicked Queen from Snow White access to a Cybertecture Mirror, she would have had much more to think about than who was the fairest in the land. Described as a reflective window into a digital life, this internet-connected, intelligent mirror can augment your reflected image with weather and news, check for messages or social network feeds, let you watch a TV program, give you information on your state of health and can even act as a personal exercise coach.
James Law's Cybertecture Mirror features a 32-inch LCD display fronted by a 37-inch fog-resistant mirror, and is powered by a Linux-based proprietary operating system. It won't show you what you'll look like in the future like Accenture's intelligent mirror, but its own collection of downloadable apps can throw local weather forecasts onto the screen, stream internet TV over a wired LAN or wireless 802.11b/g/n connection, go a step beyond the SUCK LED mirror's RSS feed capabilities by offering social network integration as well as messaging, and display information about your well-being like the MyHeart mirror developed by Philips.
The smart mirror comes with a wireless peripheral sensor pad to help in calculating and displaying health information such as percentage of body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and body weight. Users can interact with the device via a free smartphone app or an included handheld remote, with an onscreen virtual keyboard for text input. Up to 20 password-protected profiles can be saved on the 8GB of internal storage, but an online portal caters for off-device storage as well as configuration, personalization and control.
The 32 x 20 x 3.14-inch (815 x 507 x 80 mm), 55 pound (25 kg) Cybertecture Mirror also sports audio- and video-in ports and built-in stereo speakers with 3W RMS output, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Given the huge amount of interactivity offered by this device, perhaps I'm being a tad unreasonable when questioning the lack of USB input or an SD card slot, but having the option to feed in content from my suitably moisture-proof external hard drive or view holiday snaps on my camera's media card would be a very useful addition.
The Cybertecture Mirror comes in either a black or white casing, and costs anywhere from US$3,600 to US$7,700 (depending on product configuration and project sales for bulk installations in hotel and apartment towers). It's currently available direct from the manufacturer or through local distributors in China, Hong Kong, India and Europe.
All photos courtesy Cybertecture