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Smart mirror - the next information screen

My second try for a smart mirror, where main focus was to switch from 3mm acrylic sheet ca 700 x 300mm to 4mm glass about 1100mm to 700mm . The results were satisfying.. Pictures below:

What the mirros could be in the future:

What do you think? The mirrors have seen minimal innovation since they were created. The incremental steps it has taken in my mind are just modifications with LED's backlight, or integrated LEDs.

Do you think this is whats going to be a standard in modern homes?

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Post was last edited on April 19, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

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No. Just a gimmick for those that like such things. Fragile.

The Smart Home is not hitting home as many thought it would. The technical issues are pretty simple. You have to provide and configure Internet services and the device you noted often breaks as you change routers or ISPs.

This stuff is neat but too fragile.

Post was last edited on April 19, 2019 11:43 AM PDT

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So, if this process were more automated, or as easy to reconncet to wifi as it is to do from your phone, would your mind change?

Or would Smart Mirror become another distraction from every day life, and just another thing in your house that is hooked up to the internet?

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I pulled my punches.

Because the smart mirror is often based on Android or Raspberry Pi this means it's another device that gets security updates which may include a commitment from the maker to keep up with the updates and bug fixes.

In the near future we may see a change in WiFi to WPA3 which most devices may never get an upgrade to. So all your smart home devices have a limited life span.

When I buy a home I expect it to last decades, not years. A mirror can last decades to over a century. Smart Mirrors and such? Figure 5 years tops.

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not for me

you are already seeing smart tvs that are a few years old and are no longer smart because the hardware cannot support current software updates. how long do you think the smarts of a mirror will last? at this time, I would not recommend any smart home appliances, especially those that should last decades while the smarts will only last a few years.

Yes I do have a smart home. Lights, thermostats, cameras, echos, google home and a few more items but they are cheaper to replace. but when the items cost closer to 1k or more, unless I win a lottery, I would never be able to replace those every few years when the smarts are no longer compatible with updates.

Post was last edited on April 20, 2019 12:20 PM PDT

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You're on the mark here.

You can't imagine the ire from folk that paid thousands for their Smart TV only to find out that as time passes the features drop dead. Microsoft killed Skype on TVs. Then Google pulled the plug on the Smart TV YouTube app and makers have not been keeping up the old TV code, firmware and apps.

This is why in the smart TV area I put the smart part of the TV to be near worthless as the makers are walking out on us just a few years (less than 5 in a lot of cases) later.

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This is a worry that I will take into account, and focus on that this gadget must be able to withstand the test of time - at least for the better half of a decade.
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