updated 09:14 pm EDT, Fri May 11, 2012
Mirror hooked to tablet makes heads-up display
A Japanese company named Seraku is showing off an Android-enhanced mirror that essentially gives users an interactive heads-up display. The Verge spent some time looking at the device, revealing a novel (if not immediately commercially applicable) merger of Google's operating system with home decor.
The setup consists of a mirror hooked up to a tablet running Android, which rear-projects an interface onto the surface. The device integrates RF proximity sensors, enabling users to interact with the information shown on the mirror without having to actually touch the mirror. The Verge's video shows a bit of lag and spottiness in the reaction time for the mirror, but by and large it worked well, displaying the weather, the time, the user's weight while standing on a scale, and changing depending on user interactions.
Additional information on the smart mirror's page hints at water temperature displays, communications, and health care applications for the device. Seraku says the product isn't near any commercial release yet, but they do see it possibly being applicable in salons, barbershops, retail businesses, and in homes.