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

Raspberry Pi smart mirror in hand

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.

The Pi is a computer the size of a credit card. It runs Linux-based operating systems and has a large developer community. In fact, the smart mirror community prefers the Pi over all other methods. Add in its $35 price tag and it’s a no-brainer to use it over any other gadget.

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 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.

LCD monitor

Smart Mirror LCD Monitor

This is the best way to use any old computer monitor you have. Behind the mirror you will install the monitor. You can buy a new one, but this is one of those great ways to recycle old technology with a Raspberry Pi. If you don’t have an old monitor, you can save a lot of money by buying used devices. instead of this.

raspberry pi

Smart Mirror Raspberry Pi 3D Diagram

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.

wooden frame

Collection of wooden frames

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.

If you don’t have them, visit your local hacker space. visit the local hacker space. visit the local hacker space. to find and use them safely.

1. MagicMirror² : Pi’s original smart mirror

Smart Mirrors Raspberry Pi MagicMirror 2

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.

If you’re new to the world of smart mirrors, this is the project to start with. It has a large community around it and you can ask for help on the MagicMirror² forum.

Sites: complete guide | Github

2. MirrorMirror: The Best Hardware Guide

Smart Mirrors Raspberry Pi MirrorMirror

Dylan Pierce’s MirrorMirror is not related to MagicMirror, but it’s just as useful. Mainly because Pierce’s original blog post is the best step by step guide to the actual building process.

Pierce broke from the norm by configuring Chromium to run on startup after he installed Raspbian on a Raspberry Pi Finally, he made his own web page and server.

Before you make your own smart mirror, read the full post. Pierce built this smart mirror as a gift. So he made sure it looked brilliant. There are helpful steps here, such as how to remove the monitor bezel or cable routing. But the gem of the piece is in its woodworking.

If you’re new to woodworking but want to make a frame for your smart mirror, Pierce’s build is the best. He even created a MirrorMirror forum for any help you need.

Sites: complete guide | discussion

3. Smart mirror with voice control

You can actually interact with Evan Cohen’s smart mirror by talking to it like an Android phone. And yes, it still runs on the Raspberry Pi, so you don’t need an Android device.

Cohen provided full documentation on how to assemble, install and use his smart mirror. The video is really impressive and it works with several third party apps. For example, you can control smart LED lights like Philips Hue by talking to your mirror.

It also has a great, detailed hardware guide. If you plan to build it, please use the provided guide instead of Pierce’s method.

Sites: complete guide | Github

4. Intelligent mirror with voice control and gestures

Can you make a touch screen smart mirror? Yes, it’s possible, but there are a few issues that we’ll talk about later. Right now, if you need to interact with your magic mirror, it’s smarter to use gesture control or voice control. So the builder Josep Coumeras and Khan set to work.

This smart mirror has some interesting tricks. You have to clap your hands to activate voice recognition and then follow commands like «play the radio» or «show me the news».

Han has put together a lot of documentation about it so you can get your favorite apps up and running quickly. Use simple gestures to navigate within the app.

This project is one of the most expensive magic mirrors, costing 400 euros. But when you see the result in the video, you understand that it’s worth it.

Sites: Guide | Additional guide | Github

5. $100 Smart Mirror: Cheap and easy way

$100 Magic Mirror with Raspberry Pi

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a smart mirror. As Carl Gordon shows, you can earn less than $100 (or NZ$150, in Gordon’s case). His whole goal in this project is to make it as cheap and economical as possible.

Gordon uses most of the basic material listed above, as well as some power tools. It doesn’t use the popular Magic Mirror OS, but nothing in the build suggests it will break the system.

The end result is a simple magic mirror at a low price that still gives you all the basics. It’s also lightweight and portable, so you can use it in multiple rooms if you like.

6.Smart Mirror touch screen

Right now, it’s not particularly desirable to create a magic mirror with a touch screen. Your options are limited to using a resistive touch screen monitor, as capacitive screens, such as those found on phones or tablets, do not work under a mirror. This is not an intuitive experience.

But apparently no one told Ryan Newlan about it, so he went ahead and made the best touchscreen smart mirror we’ve ever seen. And it looks so cool!

You can watch videos on YouTube. You can browse Reddit. You can control your Nest smart thermostat You can even welcome Uber! Newlan didn’t share how he did it, so we don’t know if he uses a Raspberry Pi or not. But just look at this! Oh yeah, this is real .

Smart Mirrors: Raspberry Pi vs Others

If you’ve made a smart mirror, we want to see what it looks like, so share the link in the comments below. More importantly, if you’re going to build it yourself, would you build it with a Raspberry Pi, or would you use another device? There are some cool devices that use Windows PC-on-a-stick, like this Echo Dot magic mirror or portable smart mirror.

But if you love DIY, chances are you have a spare Raspberry Pi. Combined with the Magic Mirror OS, it greatly simplifies assembly. In fact, we have a complete guide on how to turn an old laptop screen into a magic mirror. Check it!

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