Thursday, December 08, 2011

Augmented Mirror of the Future Reflects You and Your World

The New York Times‘s R&D Lab has developed a digitally enhanced mirror that allows you to interact with personalized data during your morning routine.
Unfortunately, the mirror won’t be making its way into your local Restoration Hardware any time soon. Rather, it’s a proof of concept designed to explore “how the relationship between information and the self is evolving and how media content from the New York Times and others might play a part,” The Lab’s team explained on apage outlining the project.
The mirror is made of a semi-reflective glass surface that displays a normal reflection beneath a high-contrast graphic layer. The surface can detect and respond to objects and gestures — what its creators call “augmented reflection.” For instance, the mirror could use facial recognition to pull up data you might want to access during your morning routine, such as the day’s headlines, your calendar and health statistics.
Voice commands and gestures (powered by Kinect) could be used to pull up full-screen video messages from other mirror users. The device could even be used to recognize certain behaviors, reminding you to make up for lost sleep or to adjust your morning commute to accommodate traffic conditions, for instance. You could even tap your phone to the mirror to sync content.
Sounds incredible, no? Check out a full demo of the mirror below.

Reveal Project - Personal Data Mirror

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