Fully Functional 'Apple Mirror' Augments Your Reflection With iOS Apps

A web developer and graphic designer has created a fully functioning touchscreen "Apple Mirror", offering a reflective look into an imagined future where Cupertino builds smart screens for the home.

New York-based Rafael Dymek created the mirror as a personal project, aping elements of iOS 10 to augment the interface, which appears to run off the back of a modified desktop touchscreen OS.

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The "Apple Mirror" features the date and time in the top right corner and a weather forecast in the top left. Beneath these sit several working iOS app icons which can be rearranged with the drag of a finger.

A tap opens the apps in the familiar manner, albeit in a windowed mode, although this does allow for easy multi-tasking. Dymek demonstrates some of the possibilities of his modified Apple interface, which include the ability to request an Uber, watch Netflix, read the news, control a Nest thermostat and smart light bulbs, control output to a Sonos speaker system, and more.


After 45 seconds of inactivity, the interface goes to sleep and the touchscreen looks like an ordinary mirror, while a simple tap resumes use. Check out the video to see it in action.



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25 months ago
Seemed like a cool idea at first, but upon reflection I'm not so sure.
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25 months ago
Looked in the mirror a while ago and it was not great. Not buying this crap.
Rating: 7 Votes
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25 months ago
Instead of putting fingerprints all over the mirror, this would obviously be the right place for Siri. If Apple wants to do something like Alexa/Echo, doing it in form of a mirror like this actually sounds like a nice idea. Don't need an active display all the time but if it wants to show information like the weather report, then it can do it as shown in this concept.
Rating: 7 Votes
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25 months ago
Been done before 2.5 years ago with a raspberryPi (https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/magic-mirror/)

As usual there is nothing new here except the price will be x10 on the Pi version because Mac.....
Rating: 7 Votes
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25 months ago
The problem with this and even the Apple Watch and a bit with the iPhone is the lack of intelligence for displaying pertinent information. The mirror should tell me if I need an umbrella or how many layers to wear. It should remind me if I have an important meeting or a date or if it's photo day, so I pay a bit more attention to my appearance. It should know what I'm watching elsewhere in the house and continue it on the mirror if I didn't pause it when I got up. And Siri needs to get way smarter and more useful.
Rating: 5 Votes
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25 months ago
Cool concept. Is there an app for self-cleaning?
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25 months ago

Would be neat to have smart panels in the house sometime in the future.

I'd imagine this one would say several phrases :D

* Ooooo arent your just gorgeous
* My you are the thinnest you've ever been

What else would it say?


In my case: Jeez, have you looked in the mirror recently?
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25 months ago
I think it's a really cool idea. Certainly an interesting product.

Wrote this comment in response to all the nagging above.
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25 months ago

cool concept indeed, but how much time do you spend in front of the mirror?
maybe it's a product directed to a specific gender cough cough


Metrosexuals?
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25 months ago

I spend maybe 2-3 minutes in front of the mirror every day. I just need it to warn me about appointments—especially early ones, remind me to take my pill, and tell me the weather. But I can do all that in five seconds with a swipe down in the today view on my iPhone. I don't need to watch Netflix in my bathroom mirror. I wish people would stop thinking they need to be entertained at every possible moment. We already have smartphones! Those are enough distraction. It's nice to just be at peace for part of the day without a device in my face.


I love how everyone imprints their habits onto everyone else. I spend most of the day doing my job away from a TV. I use the time in the morning listening to the morning news, catching up on the previous day's events, while I do other things which precludes holding and reading from my iPad or iPhone -- the iPhone which is sitting on its charger anyway so as to be ready for the day when I walk out of my house. Many of my morning activities take place in the kitchen and bathroom. I have a TV in the living room, streaming my local news channel, and a small LCD TV sitting on a table on my bedroom, streaming out of synch with my main TV. When I'm in the bathroom, I can't see the screen, and depending on the news story, have to step out to look. I would have a TV in the bathroom except for space. So this would be ideal to hang on the wall and do double duty. in fact I might get a second one for the bedroom, to free up that table space from a device that only does one thing, and replace my dressing mirror that only does one thing. A mesh network could drive the video on them so the program would be in sync.

For many this is an ideal solution -- it saves space, it puts a persons visual attention naturally where it needs to be for activities at hand, and eliminates a black screen that serves no other purpose when not in use, allowing greater design and decorating options, and reducing unnecessary clutter.

Apple's solutions involve using my hands, keeping track of the devices, and taking my phone and watch off their chargers in the morning, not that the Apple Watch could even stream my morning news. Apple TVs have to be individually tuned for each dedicated device they're connected to, and can't be synced. So this is a big step forward in home info-tainment ergonomics. People laugh at smart refrigerators, but they serve a similar purpose, utilizing available space in the most efficient manner for the way people lead their lives. Two mirrors and a refrigerator integrated into my Apple devices would go a long way to reducing clutter and simplifying my life while serving my daily routine.
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