Italian firm Digital Habits updates the average wall mirror well beyond version 2.0, offering users an opportunity to check their hair first, then charge their iPhone and control their playlist with a swipe of a hand afterward. The reflective motion detection design is also open source, which means those with the tools and skills could build their very own OPEN MIRROR...
Recently showcased at Milan Design Week 2013 paired with a robotic DJ, the system is actually designed to work with human interaction in mind: swipe your arms forward underneath the mirror with an iOS device docked, and the system will start playing, swipe left or right to fast forward or skip backward, and position your hand and hold left or right for volume control. A light underneath illuminates to indicate the system is on
And here's the interesting twist of the OPEN MIRROR Digital Habits is sharing the Open Mirror design under the open-source license, which allows any individual to download the schematics and build the whole thing yourself.
The users can download for free:
− executable files needed to build the physical components, − files for building circuits,
− software for controlling interfaces and sensors,
− list of commercial components to buy,
− instructions manual.
If you want your end results to look like anything like the videos above, you'll likely want to purchase the material components from Digital Habits. Completed units are also available for about $521; individual kit components range from $129 for the circuit board to $234 for the mechanical components.
Full details, free schematics/plans, and kit information available here.
(Images/videos: Digital Habits)