Having started lock-down in the UK working from home and trying to home school my kids, this project has been a welcome distraction. I’ve finally managed to complete my mirror and have spent hours going through the various threads to get things working so I thought I’d share my final product. I was keen to use a PIR sensor to turn off the mirror when no one was there, and I have to admit it’s working perfectly.
These are the modules that I’m using:
MMM-MyCalendar - this includes our family Google calendar and UK Bank Holidays
newsfeed - BBC News and the Financial Times at the top and M25 (motorway) feed at the bottom
I did setup MMM-GoogleAssistant and MMM-Assistant2Display which worked well when I was testing the but I couldn’t find a good way to mount a microphone and speakers so decided to exclude them.
I got the frame built by a local carpenter and added a plug socket behind the unit, I wasn’t keen having a wire hanging down in case my kids yanked it! They’re still only small.
I received three different samples for the two-way mirror:
Pilkington MirroView 75/20 Generation Two (glass)
Pilkington MirroView 50/50 Generation Two (glass)
A generic acrylic two-way mirror
As I’m using a 27" monitor I was told an acrylic sheet will have imperfections/distortion with reflections and I definitely found that when I compared the three samples. If I was creating a smaller mirror it would be an option. I spent a long time deliberating between the MirroView 75/20 and 50/50 glass. In the end I went for the 75/20 as it’s more reflective in my hallway (and just a little bit darker). I was keen to get a good reflection even when the monitor is in place as my wife used the previous mirror just before she leaves the house. I didn’t want any complaints from head office!
Anyway…I hope you like it. Since returning to work I’ve found the MMM-TFL module really useful as it shows you which Underground lines have issues and the Google Fit step count is a good motivator to get up and going.
Thanks again to everyone who contributes to the forums, I found it extremely useful and would be lost with out it.