The magic mirror of the future will not just say that you are the most beautiful of all. It will also tell you the time, date, weather outside, upcoming calendar appointments, and more. In fact, you can make such a smart mirror right now.
Building a magic mirror from scratch will cost you about $300, but you can easily cut costs and bring it up to $100. Especially if you’re using an inexpensive, hacker-friendly Raspberry Pi.
Why do you need a raspberry pi
A smart mirror is basically a mirror with a screen behind it. This screen can be an Android tablet or a computer monitor. Naturally, the monitor will become a large mirror. It’s also a great way to reconfigure an old LCD monitor. But you can’t cram a full-fledged computer in there unless you’re using a Raspberry Pi.
You can even build a smart mirror with a wireless Raspberry Pi Zero W for $10. (If you’re not sure about the different models, check out our comparison guide.)
What do you need for your smart mirror
Whichever smart mirror project you choose from this list, there are a few items you will always need. To make it easier to find and stop repeating yourself, here are the most important components.
double sided mirror
It’s a smart mirror, so it’s no wonder you really need a mirror, right? The project requires a two-way mirror, which you can buy from TwoWayMirrors.com or head to your local hardware store. Ideally, get it from a website, as you can adjust the height, width, and margins.
It has become so popular with the DIY crowd that it now has a separate smart mirror price calculator.
Even though you can create a smart mirror with a $10 Pi Zero W, it won’t give you the best results. Instead, consider the more powerful $35 Raspberry Pi 3, which has built-in Wi-Fi. Select the product and distributor that best suits you on the official website.
Something that could hold this mirror and the monitor behind it together. You can skip this step if you wish, but it will look a bit rough and will require some serious cable management. Your local hardware store should deal with you.
Along with that, you will need all the basic tools you need to work with them. So make sure you have a screwdriver, screws, grinder, woodworking tool and so on.
1. MagicMirror² : Pi’s original smart mirror
This is MagicMirror². A lot of people like it, but this is Michael Teuw. He was one of the first to build and document the entire smart mirror process using the Raspberry Pi. In fact, he made all of his work open source and modular so that anyone could build their own and improve upon it.
Michael wrote a six part series on MagicMirror² so you can read all about it on his blog. It will guide you through the complete setup and assembly.
The best part is how easy he made the process. Run a simple bash script from MagicMirror² and your Raspberry Pi will be ready to go. Default modules include clock, calendar, weather forecast, news feed and free message. And people create third party modules that you can install.