Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the smartest mirror of them all

Quick notes:

  • Smart mirrors can tell you everything from how your skin is looking to what the weather is outside.

  • There are even mirrors out there that will measure you for clothes, and lead you in a group fitness class.

  • If you’re a tech-savvy, IT wiz, you may be able to rig up a smart mirror yourself.

While it may seem like something out of a science fiction movie or a fairy tale, smart mirrors are like the magic mirrors of the future. If you ever wondered what your mirror would say back to you as you talk to it in the morning, you might not have to wonder anymore.

Smart mirrors can tell you everything from how your skin is looking to what the weather is outside. These ingenious devices are becoming increasingly popular. Here’s a round-up of everything you need to know about new smart mirror technology and how you can use it.

What is a smart mirror

A smart mirror is a two-way mirror that has an electronic display behind the glass. The display can show the person viewing it any number of things. Smart mirrors may contain widgets for the weather, time, or allow you to check your email and the stock market.

There are even mirrors out there that will measure you for clothes, and lead you in a group fitness class. For busy people who want to see snips of useful information before they start their day, smart mirrors can deliver everything you need to know right to your countertop or wall.

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Different types of smart mirrors

There’s a different type of smart mirror to fit everyone’s budget, needs, and lifestyle. From busy professionals who want to see the day’s tasks before picking up a device, to fashion-forward shoppers, who want product recommendations and custom clothing, you can find a smart mirror that can tell you almost anything you want it to.

For the fitness gurus out there, the Mirror looks like a regular, sleek, stand-up mirror when it’s off, and when it’s turned on, it becomes an interactive display complete with a fitness instructor and classmates.

You can see your reflection while viewing classes for anything from strength training to yoga and boxing. The convince of being able to do a workout on-demand 24 hours a day, is pretty incredible. This mirror can also track vital fitness information about your health, stamina, and performance.

The HiMirror Slide out of Taiwan can give you a comprehensive skincare analysis. The mirror will tell you if a skin condition is coming back, or if you need different sunscreen. The mirror will also give you custom product recommendations based on what it sees. This mirror is portable and can sit on your bathroom counter or dresser.

DIY smart mirrors

If you’re a tech-savvy, IT wiz, you may be able to rig up a smart mirror yourself. Using a monitor and a glass mirror, you can assemble a smart mirror yourself by displaying a two-way screen.

With your monitor behind the mirror, you can add any frame you’d like to secure the two together and either display them on a surface with a stand or mount them to your wall. You’ll then need to connect your monitor to your phone, tablet or a computer so you can control what you’re seeing behind the glass.

There are several videos available online that can walk you through the process of how to make a smart mirror for yourself at home if you’re keen enough to try it.

The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to what a smart mirror can tell us about the world, our bodies, and our health.

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