Time to watch TV? Turn on the mirror

Custom two-way mirror uses state-of-the-art technology to hide flat panels

Consider this an update to the old Hollywood cliche of the wall safe hidden behind a painting. The difference is that, instead of family heirlooms and Krugerrands, the treasure is your television set.

Two-way TV mirror
Media Decor

Media Decor, which brought us the "HideandChic" art-over-TV disguise, has released a two-way "Media-Mirror" that conceals your flat-screen TV. If we understand the way it works (always a dangerous proposition), the framed mirror doesn't slide away to reveal the television; instead, its reflection essentially disappears when the TV behind it is turned on by remote control. It's able to do this because it's no ordinary mirror--it is a "beam splitter" with dielectric coating instead of the usual metallic film, which allows the image to be transmitted through the custom-made glass.

Not only is it a great way to impress your guests, but a mirror also seems a lot more convincing disguise than a digital reproduction of Starry Night in the HideandChic model. One thing to note: Pricing on the Mirage-Mirror starts at $4,200. But hey, that's a small investment to protect your $130,000 Yalos Diamond LCD .

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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