Cloud Mirror adds Internet to your morning ritual

This mirror has a large monitor behind it which can be operated using hand gestures. It’s the result of a team effort from [Daniel Burnham], [Anuj Patel], and [Sam Bell] to build a web-enabled mirror for their ECE 4180 class at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

So far they’ve implemented four widget for the system. You can see the icons which activate each in the column to the right of the mirror. From top to bottom they are Calendar, News, Traffic, and Weather. The video after the break shows the gestures used to control the display. First select the widget by holding your hand over the appropriate icon. Next, bring that widget to the main display area by swiping from right to left along the top of the mirror.

Hardware details are shared more freely in their presentation slides (PDF). A sonar distance sensor activated the device when a user is close enough to the screen. Seven IR reflectance sensors detect a hand placed in front of them. We like this input method, as it keep the ‘display’ area finger-print free. But we wonder if the IR sensors could be placed behind the glass instead of beside it?


  1. Davidb says:

    Awesome project! I want to make one for my bathroom now.

  2. Grovenstien says:

    Black Mirror & 15 Million Merits springs to mind! Next ill be cycling for toothpaste ….. Oh wait, I already do! Very clean build, I like it.

  3. The IR sensors could be placed behind the mirror if the Half silvered coating were removed from the areas they were mounted. This would assume that the acrylic passes enough IR through for the sensor to pick up.

  4. Barzain says:

    Very interesting… While it would definitely be the ultimate in bathroom multi-tasking I can’t help but think there must be some other use where this application would truly have a niche.

  5. fartface says:

    I’ve had a 19″ flat panel IN MY SHOWER for 4 years now, I copied the idea from a mildly rich guys home I saw in 1995.

    This is not new in any way. In fact you can buy waterproof trackpoint mice so you can click and drool while showering, I typically just have the news on and the overhead speakers deliver the sound.

    only thing novel here is the touchscreen part, and that will fail in a normal bathroom as it will be covered in moisture. Spray your iphone and see how well it works for touch input.

  6. supershwa says:

    Oh man…if I could watch TV while I poop, I would be sooo happy.

  7. PKM says:

    The UI seems to be a bit simplistic and clunky at the moment, but I LOVE the output hardware. I’d much rather have my screen look like a mirror than a faceless black rectangle when turned off.

  8. Drone says:

    Yeah, give me Internet on my bathroom mirror and they’ll fire me for always showing up late to work.

  9. richard sum says:

    Needs voice control instead of the hand waving, good though.

  10. krishna says:

    its just perfect …. few more additions would make it insane !!

  11. ddt says:

    Wow. What an great use for a half silvered mirror. They need to add Community Core Vision to get rid of that jedi UI.

  12. lwatcdr says:

    You could hide the senors with a nice wooden frame round the mirror. Using CE and C# ewwww.. I guess it was required for the class.

    Really kind of cool. I thought about using a big screen TV as a mirror in my bedroom. Just use a web cam to provide the picture but this is even cooler.

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