Since 2014, Google Trends show an impressive increase of searches for “smart mirrors” in their popular search engine. Several hobby enthusiasts have developed their own personal mirror with a monitor placed ingeniously behind it, so that it projects the on-screen data to the mirror like something out of a science fiction novel.
But we live in 2016, and for some of us pre-millenials this is a part of what we’ve been waiting for ever since we saw Star Wars Episode back in 1977. While this project doesn’t promise us flying vehicles or space travel, we can at least feel like we live in the 22nd century by having our mirror read us the latest news while we brush our teeth in the morning, and with some of the interesting software advances, it’s even possible to have your heart rate monitored by 3d sensors and specialized applications.
Smart Reflection is an ambitious project spearheaded by one of Europe’s leading App development agencies, Nodes. Originally intended for internal uses, the scope of the project has been expanded to include extensibility in terms of customer usability, custom applications downloadable from the App Store and Google Play, and other such features designed for the consumer market.
Hardware wise, we are looking at the latest and hottest generation of the popular Raspberry Pi’s, the 3B. With a 1.2ghz pentium processor and 1gb of ram, the tiny credit-card sized computer will be able to run most apps, and at Nodes they’re even discussing the option for adding basic entry-level machine learning as well.
We believe that some of the most interesting features will be on the software front, and while we have asked Nodes for official replies, they are apparently still hard at work figuring out exactly how to proceed with this part of the project. For now they’ve had their focus primarily on the hardware aspects, making sure that the costs are kept low, and that the individual parts can be sourced from anywhere in the world.
They did however let a few details about the software slip; Like most other Raspberry Pi projects, the operating system loaded onto the computer will most likely be some form of customized Linux distribution, perhaps with an option of running Windows 10 embedded as well.
Furthermore, they are already developing 3 separate applications specifically for the mirror, and have since the first line of code had in mind that it should be possible for users to access and utilize all the apps currently available in the app stores around the world.