IoT Video Series: Creating an Interactive Smart Mirror

We built a mirror using the Intel Edison, an LCD, and a gesture sensor.

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For today's contribution to our week-long celebration leading up to Edison's birthday, we give you the next installment of the Fellowship of the Things video series, which features (you guessed it) the Intel Edison. In it, Sarah and I put together a smart mirror that you can interact with by simply waving your hand in front of a gesture sensor.

An LCD is placed behind a window in a shadowbox that gives the current time and weather. By swiping your hand in front of the sensor, the information changes to show the hourly forecast. This could be very handy if you are brushing your teeth and want to know if you can ride your bike to work.

Building the Interactive Smart Mirror

The guts of the smart mirror

We have had a number of requests for tutorials on how to build some of the projects in our IoT series, so we decided to have a guide to building the smart mirror ready to go!

Tutorial: Interactive Smart Mirror
Wishlist: Smart Mirror list of parts
Code: Smart Mirror GitHub repository

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  • JohnathanN. / about 8 years ago / 1

    How long have you been growing out your hair Sarah? And how do you keep such long hair looking so nice?

  • Sembazuru / about 8 years ago / 1

    Nice smart mirror project. I probably would have gone with an OLED display because the light-leaks from the LCD backlight make it easier to see the electronics. But the board edges could also be hidden with some strategically placed RGB LED strips or some other creative solution.

    You're filling out the Fellowship room nicely.

  • ameyring / about 8 years ago / 1

    A nice build! Some, if not most, mirrors have a reflecting coating that can be scratched off in the corner to put the weather display.

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