Scrolling down on Pintrest a Magic Mirror got my interest. After a small conversation at home we decided to first make a small one. When we like it, we could build a bigger one later on.
So a old 15.6” laptop would provide me with a small ‘picture frame size’ screen. A Raspberry Pi (3) was found on a national trading website (www.marktplaats.nl). Only the electronic parts remained, so Ebay/BangGood/Aliexpress served me well.
The RPI was in first so I could start programming right away. I have an electrical background, so programming wasn’t the easiest thing to do. Then again I must say there is a lot documented, which was a huge help. After a friend showed me to use PuTTY and WinSCP it all went a lot easier.
I wanted to make a small and clean mirror with a frame made out of wood, yet thin. I made most of my furniture at home, so wood would fit in quite easy. Also I wanted to have no cables other than the power cable.
- Rasperry Pi3 – Model B
- 230V -> 12V – 3A AC-DC converter
- 12V -> 5V – 5A DC-DC converter
- HC-SR510 PIR-Sensor
- 15cm HDMI cable
- HDMI – LCD Controller board
- 3mm thick two-way mirror acrylic
Made a wooden frame. 120cm x 31cm x 5cm - beam is 2cm thick
It does shimmer like crazy
I had to change the PIR sensor to make it fit in the 5cm high, 2cm thick frame. Soldered the sensor off and put some wires in between
Finished product: “the mirror”. Quit small. Not quite sure if we let it ‘sit’ there or we will hang it.
Finished product: “the magic”. Doesn’t shimmer that much, but that’s due to the mobile phone pic by night and low light.
Finished product: “the brains”. Made an acrylic top plate. Doesn’t do anything more than looking nice.