Information is everywhere — in the world, in your home, everywhere. In today’s pair of videos from my visit to The New York Times Co.’s R&D Lab, Brian House, The Times Co.’s Creative Technologist for R&D, demonstrates the Lab’s, er, reflection of that idea — in the form of a data-bearing mirror. The device (working name: “the magic mirror”) uses Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing technology to read physical cues from its user; it uses voice recognition technology to detect verbal cues. (In the videos, you’ll hear House talk to the mirror, Snow White-style.) The mirror also uses the the Times’ powerful APIs to serve up information on-demand.
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This is pretty awesome. Although I’m pretty sure it’s unspoken law that you’re not allowed to speak within a public men’s room. So this had better be for bathrooms that have locks on them. In which case the person who really needs to use the bathroom will probably not be too happy waiting for you to check your stocks with the doors locked.
Pretty great stuff. A recommendation though, no matter how nerdy it may look, or how unappealing it is on camera, you really need to put a head mount camera on yourself so we can see what you’re seeing in the mirror and be really impressed.
I told you to never call me on this wall! It is a unlisted wall!
In all seriousness though, I don’t see this working out too well in a bathroom, other rooms in a house would probably be fine. Otherwise it’s very impressive.
Am I the only one creeped out by the thought of having a camera attached to a computer with internet connectivity built into a mirror in my BATHROOM? 🙂