Google Engineer Max Braun made an Android-powered smart mirror and it is awesome


The internet of things promises to bring us some incredible innovations in the future. For some, like Google Engineer Max Braun, innovation is just not happening fast enough though. Braun believed that lack of innovation was the reason he had to look into a boring old “dumb mirror” everyday. What happened to the interactive smart mirrors that the movies have been promising us for years? Well, Braun decided to take matters in to his own hands and just build a smart mirror of his own. Spoiler alert. It’s Awesome.

Braun ordered a two-way mirror, a display panel and controller board, plus a bunch of components and arts & crafts supplies. He got to tinkering and ended up with a pretty magical product. The mirror shares the more simple information you can get from a Google Now card- the weather, news headlines, the date/time – all in a clean elegant format. To the right of where your face would be is the time, to the left all your weather/news headlines. Then baked into the mirror is an open-ended voice search for more complex tasks.

This is all just a prototype, and Braun has vowed to continue working to add more functionality and make the product even sleeker (the internal wiring is just a tad ugly). Right now the software is very simplistic, only a few hundred lines of code. He uses simple Android APIs to deliver the weather and news headlines, but he is hoping to add any information that you can find on a Google Now card – traffic, reminders, package details, etc. – to the mirror with some more software tweaks. He also is tinkering with different hardware behind the mirror to see which one works best. He started with a Chromecast, then to a Nexus Player, with the latest prototype utilizing an Amazon Fire Stick.

I am already incredibly impressed with this mirror, and honestly I need to have one. I hope through some further tinkering, Braun can really get this idea down solid and either have Google turn it into a product or open source it so all of us can get our hands on one.

Via: The Verge
Source: Medium



About the Author: Ryan Rabea

Born and raised right outside of Philadelphia, Ryan recently defected to the west, now residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying political science. Ryan loves all things political, with aspirations to attend law school in the Fall, followed by a career in the world of politics. When not debating politics or hunkered down studying in the Cathedral of Learning, you can find Ryan having an epic catch or wandering God’s country, Pittsburgh’s South Side. In addition to politics, Ryan has loved Android ever since getting his first Android phone, the HTC EVO 4G, almost 6 years ago. Currently though, Ryan sports a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but he can hear that Nexus 6P calling his name.

  • Nestea80

    What happens when you say Bloody Mary 3 times?

  • Sheldon75

    Face recognition for account swapping needed

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    • Valerian Teritron

      Yes please. Somekind of panel with could be integrated in existing mirrors.

  • Trey Waters

    Someone else had already done something similar a while ago (look on Instructables). I even had the go-ahead from the wife to make one (about a year ago) because we were missing the Google Calendar functionality from our fridge that Samsung was refusing to update. Just before I started ordering the parts, though, Samsung finally updated our fridge to let Google Calendar work again.

    Although, I will say the Google Card layout does look a little cleaner than the Instructables I was going to use…I was just planning on using widgets to populate the home screen with our desired information.