The Intelligent Mirrors are IoT Connected
These mirrors are among the very latest in a whole array of IoT devices to come out over the past 4-5 years. While we’ve seen a few smart mirrors being developed by amateurs for their own personal amusement and needs, lately there’s been a commercial interest as well.
Because tech sites are continuously interested in featuring innovations in this area, we believe that the future of these mirrors are going to take off relatively soon, in fact we just need a decent manufacturer to start world wide releases. Since most of these mirrors are developed to be used for open-source software and thus able to connect to Google’s Play Store, we are mainly going to focus on the hardware aspects, since it will be possible for third party developers to program and design cool and awesome things once there is a standardized platform to do so on.
Many of the current versions of smart mirrors are as stated earlier built by hobbyists and not by serious for-profit companies. This has changed with recent times though. Smart Reflection is a mirror in the early development phase, but unlike most others, the development is sponsored by Nodes, and administered by them as well. While the hardware production is outsourced, they keep a keen eye on all development steps, and take an active role in coming with input and suggestions, building on their 8 years of being a leading European app development agency.
Mark Pedersen from Nodes has a few things to say regarding the ambition of the project.
We’ve started development on the mirror because we had a personal interest in having a few of these mirrors privately in our homes, but with time the idea and ambition grew. We thought; why not enable businesses and retail stores to take better advantage of mobile apps and the internet of things?
Indeed, Nodes have been considering changing the focus from the private consumer, to businesses such as retail stores, supermarkets and public places such as stadiums, parks, cinemas and shopping malls. By replacing bathroom mirrors with smart mirrors, visitors and customers can see tailored ads being displayed, they can interact with the mirror, asking for direction, seeing the latest rebates and deals on stores nearby, and in theory it’s even possible to allow users to checkout with an on-screen push-enabled cashier-like application.
One scenario where such things could be expected to happen is in the clothing stores. When a customer brings a set of jeans and a new cool top into the changing room, they can interact with the mirror to get recommendations based on what they like, see what’s in stock and as mentioned, might even be allowed to check out directly in the changing room.
When asked about the 3 most interesting concepts out there regarding smart mirrors, Mark replied:
Progressive Web Apps are going to be huge in this market segment, allowing for cheap, fully customizable and secure solutions to enable all sorts of features and coupled with a great use-case, this will surely set off a fear of missing out in the coming years.
Touch based mirrors have the potential of replacing more expensive computers and hardware around the world, since they’re often being based on the cheap and highly customizable Raspberry Pi’s.
Machine Learning coupled with Smart Mirrors placed in retail stores and other highly trafficked areas will allow for anonymous user data collection which in turn will make for smarter mirrors in the long run.
It’s clear that Mark and the rest of Nodes sees a huge potential in these mirrors, although for now we will have to wait for commercial figures since there are virtually no companies out there shipping as of yet.