Magic Mirror Central – Latest Articles

10 Magic Mirror Modules You Have to Check Out

There are a lot of 3rd party modules available for the MagicMirror platform that runs on the Raspberry Pi. The platform has hundreds of users that have contributed many great modules that you can add easily to your Magic Mirror. Here are 10 handpicked MagicMirror modules that can make your life easier or just look cool on your wall. I personally ...
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Making a Raspberry Pi Magic Mirror From Scratch

Finally! For the last months I've been trying to find the time to build another magic mirror. I've been scavenging ...
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Make a Magic Mirror using DAKboard

I recently stumbled upon a post from the guys who are making DAKboard on how it can be used for ...
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Got An Old iPad lying Around? Turn it Into a Smart Mirror With This App

Until now, using an old tablet for smart mirror projects was for the most part only available for Android. But now, ...
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Two Way Mirror Film Smart Mirror Build – Is It Possible?

One of the most expensive parts of building a smart mirror can be shelling out for a nice two-way mirror ...
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3 Reasons Why This is The Best Glass for Your Smart Mirror

When it comes to making your smart mirror project, one of the most important aspects is choosing the mirror surface ...
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Set Up a Magic Mirror on Raspberry Pi in 5 Minutes

Raspberry Pi's can be tricky to set up for a smart mirror, especially if you're not very familiar with them ...
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Welcome to Magic Mirror Central. This website is dedicated to DIY magic mirror making (Some people refer to them as Smart Mirrors). We are going to use this site as a resource for people who want to make their own magic mirrors, and try to help them by discussing the different ways people are making their mirrors. Here below you can read all about the three main elements of a magic mirror: The glass/mirror itself, the screen/hardware behind it and lastly, the software used to run the magic mirror software/source code.

What is a magic mirror?

A magic mirror is a device that serves as a regular mirror, but also as an information hub for your daily info. Most people that make magic mirrors use them to display useful information about their day, like weather, calendar events, news headlines and other info that is useful to them or just looks cool!

The hardware & software of a Magic Mirror

The mirror itself is created by using a two way mirror, usually made from mirrored glass, plastic or an adhesive film that is placed on top of regular glass. The most popular option seems to be the plastic two way mirror, probably because of its low price point and availability. The second option is mirrored glass, which is a bit more expensive and harder to find. The adhesive film option is relatively unexplored at this point (if you’ve made a mirror with it, send us a line!).

Behind the mirror is a screen that displays the info. Magic mirror makers have many options regarding screen size and type. A popular method is using a stripped down computer monitor display, but others have made their mirrors with old tablets that have been sitting unused on the shelf, like the Nexus 7.

The most popular option for hardware is using this mini computer to display the info. It is, lightweight, has a very small form factor and doesn’t require a lot of power. The info is most often displayed in a browser window running a simple script. More info on the script used to pull in the info can be found here.

How do I make one myself?

Making a magic mirror for yourself is a relatively easy and fun project. It requires basic understanding of computers, but there are several guides that you can follow that guide you through the whole process.

The parts list for making your own smart mirror can be found here. So get at it and go make your own smart mirror!

A Magic Mirror project by imgur user jbiggysmalls

 

Smart Mirror Project