Thursday, 4 February 2016

Google Engineer Builds his own Android-Powered futuristic Bathroom Mirror

Google Engineers are very much ahead then their time and this thing has again proven by Max Braun, an engineer at Google who believe in himself and  took it upon himself to build a smart mirror of his own rather depending upon other big companies.

The mirror displays information such as the time, weather forecast, and latest news headlines in a clean, minimalist UI. It's still a work in progress, and Braun is still experimenting with adding other things like traffic conditions and reminders. The display itself isn't interactive, but that's not really the point: Braun says the idea is for the mirror to automatically pull relevant data in the same way that Google Now does. For anything else, there's always voice search.

According to Braun, he wasn’t desperate to create one, but he built one because he had the know-how on how to make it work. He wanted to create a bathroom mirror which could function “like the future promised in movies.”

The setup is surprisingly simple: aside from a fancy two-way mirror, it's just a regular display, a controller board, a power button, and a Fire Stick. The mirror itself is the most expensive part (depending upon how large the mirror is)

The UI Braun used for his smart mirror has some hundred lines of code using Android APIs. To avoid distraction, the text is kept monochrome, and to run the UI, he has used devices such as Amazon’s Fire TV as well as Google’s Nexus Player and Chromecast as hardware. After setting up everything, the mirror shows different pieces of information right from time and date to weather forecast and news headlines.

Well, Braun all we can say that it's one of the best-looking ones we've seen yet, and I wouldn't mind having one myself and nor our readers too.