Future Watch: Touch Screen Mirror Could Keep You Online Even While You Primp

Future Watch: Touch Screen Mirror Could Keep You Online Even While You Primp

Sonia Zjawinski
Nov 10, 2008

After seeing the trend of embedding LCD screens into bathroom mirrors Alpay Kasal of Lit Studios dreamt up a touch sensitive mirror which makes looking at yourself a bit more interactive.

"I thought to build this version of the Interactive Mirror after I saw some dielectric glass mirrors with LCD panels built into them. They're meant to be the bathroom of the future, complete with news and weather to accompany your toothpaste in the morning. Sounds nifty, but it looked completely un-fun. It lacked a human touch. I brainstormed with friend Sam Ewen and soon started cutting aluminum t-slot."

The idea of a touchscreen mirror makes us think of a future where we all have iPhone-like mirrors in our bathroom. Imagine getting ready in the morning while clicking through links on the New York Times website or accessing our iTunes playlist.

How Alpay did it and video of the mirror in action after the jump...

"There are some tricks built into this installation: like internal mirror bounces for greater projection throw (wide angle lenses are expensive) and a projection running at an aspect ratio of 9:16 rather than 16:9. I'm also using mouse emulation, which is key in my opinion. Much like the Lasergames set up, I'm able to repurpose some of my previously created flash work or set up any game on the installation for instant action, making it a very dynamic system."

Images: Blog.Litstudio

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