Need help for building magic mirror from scratch



  • Re: Introduce yourself!
    hi…Hayyat Ali here…i m a student of BS computer science.Fantastic project I m interested to build a magic mirror for my semester project but really don’t know how should i start like from where to start???what’s the whole procedure of building this fantastic magic mirror…which operating system,which hardware should i use???plzzz guide me properly so that i will b able to build my own magic mirror and enhance my learning…eagerly waiting for your guidance and help…🙂 🙂



  • @HayyatAli

    Software:
    Here you will find a good installation guide.

    Hardware:
    I would suggest that you use a Raspberry Pi 3 or 4. (4 was just released, so maybe not in stock everywhere). And then you need a Display and a Mirror (2 Way Mirror / Spy Mirror). And finally build a frame where you can all put togheter.

    Checkout the Forum and you will find a lot examples.
    https://forum.magicmirror.builders/category/12/show-your-mirror

    Thats mine 🙂
    https://forum.magicmirror.builders/topic/10567/my-old-wood-mirror?page=1



  • @nischi
    Thanks



  • @nischi
    you got the source code of magic mirror from github???
    that source code is compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 or 4???
    and plzz also tell the code that is placed on github contains errors or the error free code???



  • @HayyatAli yes, code on GitHub works for many different hardware and os combinations.
    I use pi 3b+, odroid, and Jetson nano. Raspian and Ubuntu.

    Error free? No such thing. Not many errors in base anymore. Modules… It depends.

    This is a project, not a product. There is no official support, but community of users helps a lot.
    You are welcome to fix and submit errors u find. And make enhancements and submit too.



  • @HayyatAli
    I’ve already built four or five magic mirrors now. I always proceed the same way:

    • Buying the Raspberry Pi, as @nischi has already posted
    • Buy a monitor the size you want to install later.
      Please make sure that you get a monitor that switches to sleep mode without a signal on HDMI and does not switch to a completely green or blue screen for minutes before 🙂
    • Installation of Raspian
    • Installing Magic Mirror
      (just follow the hint from @nischi here)
    • Installation of additional components such as motion detectors or a button to reboot the Raspberry
    • then run the whole thing without wooden frame and mirror for a few days/weeks to detect bugs, try modules, detect incompatibilities, etc.
    • Construction of a frame from e.g. wood
      Then take measurements for the mirror glass.
    • Purchase of a spy mirror
    • Assembly of components

    Here you can find a building instruction for my big mirror in the bathroom. I mounted an aluminium plate behind the spy mirror, which gives the whole thing stability, holds the monitor elegantly and ensures that no light falls through the spy mirror from behind.

    Greetings
    Sepp