How To: Make a Touch Enabled Smart Mirror

One of the most searched terms on this website is “touch”, which seems to point to the fact that people really want to have their smart mirrors touch enabled. But is it possible?

In short, yes – but it’ll cost you.

There seem to be several options when it comes to touch-enabling your smart mirror, and they are all quite expensive, compared to a regular old non-touch enabled mirror. Here is a quick rundown on what options seem to be available at the moment.

1. Using a resistive touch screen

Since your mirror will be under a thin layer of plastic film, using a capacitive touch screen is most likely off the table.

A cheap resistive touch screen monitor will run you at least $150+ from what i’ve seen online. Here are some options to take a look at.


2. Using a IR Touch overlay frame

You could also add touch capabilities to your mirror by using a IR touch overlay frame, a frame that you mount your mirror’s glass in. This is an even more expensive route to take, costing hundreds of dollars.

For further instructions on how to set up a mirror with an IR touch screen, check out TwoWayMirror’s instructions

3. Using a touch foil intended for commercial use

If you want to go completely overboard, you could buy a specially made plastic foil that goes on top of your frame, which will cost you $1,000+. You can check out this site for more info.


What I would do instead

Personally, I wouldn’t go with any of these options and skip making it a touch screen.

If you really want to make your mirror interactive, you can use other, cheaper ways to do it. You can add voice control, use your phone as a remote for it or even add buttons to do stuff like cycle through pages or whatever, via the Pi’s GPIO pins.

Plus, think of the smudges!

So there you have it: Touch enabled smart mirrors are possible, but expensive.

Do you know of a better/cheaper way to get a working touch-enabled magic mirror? Let me know in the comments below.

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