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The Magic Mirror makes everyday life easier

The Magic Mirror can be used for providing information to the inhabitants. lt can display information like time, weather, a newsfeed and other information the user may be interested in.

5.3.2018 | By: Beata Fabisiak & Sari Merilampi | Photo: Jakub Wittchen

SAMK engineering students were presenting the Magic Mirror in Stockholm furniture fair. Photo: Jakub Wittchen
SAMK engineering students were presenting the Magic Mirror in Stockholm furniture fair. Photo: Jakub Wittchen

An ICT integrated mirror

The Magic Mirror makes the everyday life of seniors much easier, for example. lt can help people remember what to do or what daily tasks they should do. Also websites can be overlaid for additional content.

The mirror has a facial recognition system that is used to personalize the mirror for each user. The mirror can also be remotely controlled through a website. Interactivity at home is not just about entertainment. lt can be used to toggle on and off different modules and also to send notifications and alerts to the mirror's user. lt could be utilized by the caretakers for example to send a message that they are coming there soon.

What makes the Magic Mirror special as a display is the way a one-way-mirror handles light. The background of the Magic Mirror's view is black, which when paired with the mirror in front of it makes it work like a regular mirror. The text in the view is bright-coloured so it stands out from the black background the best. lt passes through the one-way-mirror, because it is brighter than the environment where the mirror is placed.

Technical development of the Magic Mirror is performed by Santeri Saari from SAMK. The mirror frame will be designed with furniture design student in Poznan university of life sciences, Poland.

More information about The Magic Mirror (pdf)

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