So, a few months ago, I decided I needed a hobby, so I bought my first Raspberry Pi 3 and learned how to run Amazon’s Alexa service on it. Then, I saw smart mirrors.
I don’t know much about electronics and I hadn’t done any woodworking since high school (30 years?), so my first smart mirror was a test run for my 6 year old - I used an 8 inch display and an 11 x 15 inch mirror. The frame was rough, but it worked.
Then, I used a 24 inch TV for my next mirror for my 8 year old. (Both mirrors from Tapplastics.com/product/plastics/cut_to_size_plastic/two_way_mirrored_acrylic/558)
Then, my wife decided she wanted a big one. I found a guy selling a used 37 inch Sharp TV.
I stripped it down to be as thin and light as possible, then promptly shorted out the power control board when I removed too much of the chassis. There was a brief one week delay while I ordered a new board off of Ebay. I figured out how to prevent the shorting out and I was up and running.
I bought a 1/4 inch thick acrylic mirror from Twowaymirrors.com. For my previous 2 mirrors, I had used 1/8 inch acrylic and the reflections were a bit off. Not sure if it’s the thickness, or just better quality, but this mirror is much better.
My woodworking skills also got a better the last few months. Hopefully, the frame will hold. This smart mirror is a big sucker. The soundbar on the side and the webcam on top are being used for Alexa still.
I used this software (https://github.com/alexa/alexa-avs-sample-app). It crashes a bit mire now that the Magic Mirror software is running, too. It looks like some folks are working on better Alexa versions that work with MM. Haven’t tried them, yet
Thanks for taking a look and thanks for the inspiration