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Mirror, mirror on the wall …
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

While many people embark on bathroom renovation to make their space more efficient by installing updated bathroom vanities, faucets, fixtures and accessories, a new, high-tech mirror called the Magic Mirror may help homeowners make the most of their time in the bathroom.

Instead of just reflecting your image back to you, this mirror actually contains an interactive computer that allows the user to check out the day's news headlines, browse Facebook, respond to emails and view a calendar - all while shaving, brushing your teeth or applying makeup.

According to, the mirror is also capable of scanning medication labels to display dosage instructions in front of the user, or scanning an image of the user's body type and allowing him or her to overlay clothing items on the body image to virtually try on clothes before purchasing them.

The device, which relies on voice recognition as well as a motion sensor, was developed by a research and development team from the New York Times. In addition to a mirror, it incorporates an LCD screen, Microsoft Kinect and a computer. This means that it will be able to recognize different household members and automatically customize the display content for each person.

The Magic Mirror is currently just a prototype, but is expected to make it to the market in the future.




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