Vanity Mirror, thy name is woman. (using laptop)


  • Module Developer

    I know, Shakespeare didn’t say that, but I did.
    The story:

    I wanted to do something a little bit different. I mean, how many Magic Mirrors can you
    hang around the house before it gets a little absurd? Bigger seems to be a popular option
    but I wanted something unique, something that Magic Mirror hasn’t been used for, yet.

    My wife and I attended a wedding recently, and like every other time that we prepare to
    go to an event, I waited for her to be nearly ready before I even began getting dressed.
    Why? Do you really need to ask that question? Well, in case you are unfamiliar with women, she
    takes hours to get ready and I take a few short minutes. Sound familiar?

    After waiting an interminable amount of time, I went to check her status. I found her
    putting on her makeup. She was sitting in front of a round, vanity mirror, about 8 inches
    in diameter. Cha-ching! The bells went off in my head. Fast Forward.

    I spent the entire wedding thinking about how to go about doing this. I like to repurpose
    things, especially computer parts. I have a collection of CPU’s, monitors, laptops, parts.
    I didn’t want the mirror to be too big, based on the size of common, standalone vanity
    mirrors. The smallest spare monitor I have is 19 inches. I felt that was too big. I didn’t
    necessarily want to purchase another Pi either, because I have several CPU’s. The problem
    there is the size of the power supply, not to mention the heat and the fan noise.

    That left me with the laptops. Well, why not? Everything is included. They have a relatively
    small form factor, display, RAM, CPU, ports, power supply, sound, Wifi, Bluetooth. Sacrificing
    one, even if it didn’t turn out the way I wanted, was fine with me. There was some concern
    about the LCD not being bright enough and the amount of blue light emitted but I was willing
    to chance that. The upside to the equation is that even this old laptop will outperform any
    Pi. And it won’t cost me anything.

    I had 3 laptops to choose from.
    (1) A White MacBook, MacOS 10.6.8, 2Ghz Intel Core Duo, 2GB of RAM
    (2) A Compaq Presario CQ57, Windows 7, Dual Core, 4GB of RAM
    (3) A Dell E1505 Inspiron, Windows 7, Intel Core Duo, 2GB of RAM

    I’m not very familiar with Macs. From the start, I couldn’t install GIT on it because of
    the OS it is running. I’d like to learn how to use it for MM but I didn’t want to learn that
    now. So, I’m not using that, for now.

    The Compaq Presario CQ57 seems like the better of the 3 laptops. It already has MM running on
    it, but as I was experimenting, I thought I would use the laptop I was least worried about
    destroying. So, I’m not using that, for now.

    I settled on the Dell E1505 Inspiron:

    Intel Core Duo Processor T2500 at 2.0 GHz per core.
    15.4″ Ultrasharp SXGA+ display with TrueLife. Native Resolution = 1680 x 1050
    2GB DDR2 533MHz RAM in dual channel mode
    Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    100GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    8X DVD +/- dual layer recorder (I left this in. You never know)
    Wifi and Bluetooth
    Dell laptop power supply

    It’s a dog, a dinosaur, almost useless in today’s terms, but it runs MM like a champ!

    Here’s the display removed from the base and from the bezel. That’s the wifi antenna laying
    across the display. I removed the keyboard for venting. I removed the RAM cover and the
    battery from the back. The battery no longer holds a charge. I thought of getting a new one
    but I wanted this build to be virtually cost free.
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    The “box” built to hold everything and mitering the frame.
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    Fitting the display. The base will “flip” into the box and rest on chocks 1 1/4" above the
    display. This space allows for maximum ventilation in and out of the box through the vent
    holes I drilled around the entire box. As an added benefit, inside the box, the back of the
    display emits a soft, white light, which shines through the vent holes. It looks pretty damn
    cool in the dark.
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    The base flipped into the box. Chocks not in yet, just fitting. Wifi antenna pinned to the top
    of the box. I notched access to vents, USB ports and power port through the box. Seeing as the
    base is open in the back, and this won’t be against a wall, there’s no problem with heat being
    trapped. The power button is still accessible, bottom center. I did not notch access to the
    DVD (yet).
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    I used 3mm acrylic glass. Why? Because this mirror is designed only to be used at close range,
    where distortion (if any) is at a minimum or unnoticeable. My first mirror used the same 3mm
    acrylic. Distortion is only noticeable at a distance. Standing directly in front of it, it
    exhibits none. That, and the cost factor. I am into this project for less than $50. :^)

    Close-up of acrylic. Distortion?
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    On stand, tilted back to facilitate its use as a vanity mirror. You can just see the power
    cord underneath. I should have routed it through the stand before taking this picture. Once I
    do, it will hardly be noticeable.
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    The back of the mirror box. You can clearly see where I notched the box to access ports and
    vents. The wifi antenna is pinned to the top of the box until I can think of a neater way to
    affix it. A single piece of the frame molding across the back holds the entire thing in place.
    Only 2 screws to disassemble the entire thing. Track pad and buttons still useable but it’s
    just easier to plug in a keyboard and mouse.
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    Two views from the front while still in the “shop”. It’s on the dining room table now, waiting
    for my wife to come home and see it. I only added two pictures of our grandchildren, a simple
    edit to compliments and MMM-EARTH, because it rotates flawlessly on this machine.
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    Short “mirror shop” video.



  • @Mykle1
    Now you need to make a timer module !
    _ Leaving at hh:mm to wedding of … (or other event)
    _ You still have hh:mm:ss before leaving (time leaving -/- actual time)

    How about that !!!



  • @pjkoeleman said in Vanity Mirror, thy name is woman.:

    @Mykle1
    Now you need to make a timer module !
    _ Leaving at hh:mm to wedding of … (or other event)
    _ You still have hh:mm:ss before leaving (time leaving -/- actual time)

    How about that !!!

    THAT would be an excellent idea!!! hahahhahahaha BUT I’m sure the wife would STILL be late LOL



  • @cowboysdude
    There is no excuse in being late !


  • Module Developer

    @pjkoeleman said in Vanity Mirror, thy name is woman.:

    Now you need to make a timer module !
    _ Leaving at hh:mm to wedding of … (or other event)
    _ You still have hh:mm:ss before leaving (time leaving -/- actual time)
    How about that !!!

    I really like this idea, but seeing as it was your idea, I’ll let you have first crack at it. ;^)


  • Module Developer

    @cowboysdude said in Vanity Mirror, thy name is woman.:

    THAT would be an excellent idea!!! hahahhahahaha BUT I’m sure the wife would STILL be late LOL

    There’s not a timer on (MMM) EARTH that could make my wife be ready on time.


  • Module Developer

    @pjkoeleman said in Vanity Mirror, thy name is woman.:

    There is no excuse in being late !

    Oh really? My wife has a million of them.



  • @Mykle1 I can’t wanna LOL


  • Module Developer

    She likes old school screensaver.


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