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Wall-Mounted Smart Mirror (with PIR Sensor)

  • Mirror Front
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Demonstration Video

Instructables Write-Up: To be completed…

ABOUT

When I was interning at Aesculap Implant Systems, my mentor mentioned that he saw raspberry pi programming on my résumé and brought up a project that he had always wanted to build: the classic smart mirror. Essentially, a programmed raspberry pi is connected to a monitor that is mounted behind a two-way mirror in order to create the illusion of a computer hidden in the mirror.

Just a few weeks later, we have a finished smart mirror that’s around 18×24″ (mirror face) and features:

  • Calendar and time on top left
  • Weather (temperature, wind speed, sunrise/set time, 5 day forecast) on top right
  • NASA galaxy pictures (switches every 30 seconds) in middle left section
  • Commute prediction and advisor on when to leave for work in lower third section
  • News headlines (switches every 10 seconds) on bottom bar
  • Stocks updates (scrolls along bottom edge)
  • PIR motion sensing: screen turns on only when movement is detected

This project really showed me how much my understanding of programming and electronics had progressed from building the Network-Connected Lamps: I felt much more comfortable with Terminal commands, and while debugging was tough as usual (I lost a full hour because the HDMI-to-VGA cable happened to stop working properly), I had a better intuition of where to check for problems.

Skills

Raspberry pi programming, Terminal, Nano editing (JavaScript files, CSS, HTML), Python, Debugging, Electronics, Woodworking

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