Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NY Times Magic Mirror

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NYTLabs Magic Mirror Reveals News and Health Statistics - information aesthetics:

The Magic Mirror [nytlabs.com], developed by The New York Times Research & Development Lab (with Alexis Lloyd, among others) has just been selected as one of Time's "50 Best Inventions" of 2011. It is probably the best gadget to fullfil those urgent craves from the data addicted, during those few moments they cannot reach their smart phones.

At first sight, the mirror looks like any normal plain, reflective surface. However, next to showing one's reflection, this mirror is also able to deliver daily news and weather details while brushing your teeth or combing your hear. It combines a Philips Mirror TV with a Microsoft Kinect camera to allow you to access all sorts of information while admiring your own reflection. For instance, the mirror can check one's daily calendar and social feeds, and displays all sorts of statistics regarding one's health, including historical sleep patterns or walking activity.

New York Times R&D Lab: Health and the "magic mirror" from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.

New York Times R&D Lab: Retail and the "magic mirror" from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.

Reveal Project - Personal Data Mirror from NYT R&D on Vimeo.

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