Touchscreen instead of simple monitor behind MagicMirror?
I want to build my own MagicMirror, but came across the actual bidirectional problem if I just use a Monitor. I’d like to use the MagicMirror with my home automation frontend, so I can push some buttons on the mirror also.
So I thought, there are three ways to solve this:
- use a Touchscreen instead of a monitor
- use gesture control (don’t know how to do this…)
- use voice activation (don’t know how to do this, either)
So, the best thing would be to use all three of them (if I can learn how to do 2 and 3). And for this, I’d like to use an touchscreen in MagicMirror. I see, there are some of you using some kind of touch-film or something, but didn’t find a tutorial on which hardware would be best.
Thanks for your help!
Using a ready-made touchscreen won’t work behind the glass (you don’t really wanna use foil for this).
either you go for a capacitive touch foil mounted on the inside of the glass or an IR-frame mounted on the outside around the glass.
The IR frame is the cheapest way to for touch functionality, the touch foil slightly more expensive, especially if you go for a bigger sized screen (30"+).
the voice control is probably the easiest and cheapest controller for a mirror to implement thanks to all the voice modules!
thanks for the quick reply. As I do understand, the voice controls can take control over “System Tasks” like turn on/off something. Is there a way to interact with something on application Level, which is shown in a browser?
My use case is to show the openHAB frontend (my home automation) and there I can use switches or dropdowns like “switch lights in bathroom on”. Also to insert items to the wunderlist shopping list. or to open the door, if there’s someone out there I can see on the webcam, …
@binderth Pretty sure you can do almost anything, I think I’ve seen a openhab module on here, but don’t know how it works. (probably just getting information).
But since you can have a module send terminal commands in Linux you could probably do a lot with it.
The Magic Mirror 2 is so far primarily for displaying information, but since it’s basically a local website you can do pretty much anything on the mirror as you would on any other website.
I found some losely coupled openHAB modules like “MMM-floorplan” or “MMM-Rest”, the latter of course a simple GETter of openHAB items. But on that I could do some neat things already.
on second thought I think, with some scripting as you described it, I could at least put the most important commands to the MagicMirror via voice control.
In combination with some gesture module I think I can strip down my needs to meet the “Display”-functionality of MagicMirror!
@binderth there a several voice modules and a gesture module just use the forum search or browse through the showcase