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This Smart Mirror Uses Gestures to Avoid Smudging

I built a smart mirror that can be controlled with gestures. It downloads the current newscast every night, and the playback can be started and increased or decreased in size with gestures. I documented the build process in detail, and built my own wooden frame from hardware store parts and a 3D printer. Instead of using a Raspberry Pi, I chose a more powerful computer, as I will do image processing with it in the future (non-invasive health monitoring, time-lapses).

The inspiration was to use the otherwise free cognitive time while brushing my teeth for something useful. I learned how to build a proper frame, and that a real two-way-mirror is far better than a self-made out of plexi and mirror-sheet. It took me the evenings of about one week to build and program it. Everyone knows smart mirrors have been out there for a longer time, so this is merely an improvement of existing builds, but none in particular.


Tobias Weis

I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Frankfurt, my current research is focused on cognitive vision systems for transportation, robotics and surveillance, I am one of the founders of the RoboCup-Team "Bembelbots" and the Joint Robotics Lab at the University of Frankfurt. I love open source, making/hacking/3d-printing all kinds of stuff, computer vision, machine learning and electronics. With Team /AFK, I will participate in the charity fund-raising rally "Baltic Sea Circle" in June ( In my free time I enjoy running, mountain biking, riding my motorcycle and photography.

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