I originally wanted to create an infinity mirror for my project but after more research I stumbled across smart mirrors. These really caught my eye and I eventually decided to create a smart mirror instead. Not only are they really cool, but they serve a good function and I could see my girlfriend using one almost every day. Luckily many of the design aspects of the infinity mirror are used in smart mirrors. They are essentially a two way mirror with an LCD panel behind. When the screen is off it looks like a regular mirror but when you display bright text against a black background, the mirror comes to life and the text really looks like its part of the mirror. Here is an example:
I want to achieve a rustic yet luxurious aesthetic so I decided to go with a frame made from wood and a dark stain to give it the luxurious feel. I will also be using high quality pine to really get the best surface finish and details exposed once stained. Another one of my goals is to have it hang on the wall. To achieve this I will have to make a very slim frame and use a slim LCD panel is well. My current goal is to have the entire mirror’s thickness less than 2.5″. I have already purchased an LED 23″ monitor off craigslist and removed the plastic bezel to create the thinnest possible screen. A lot of the electronics were held in by the bezel so I used some trusty CU duct tape to secure everything in place.
I have also taken precise measurements of this display and created a SolidWorks model of it so that I could make a frame that fits nicely around it.
With the dimensions of the screen, I was able to laser cut the acrylic two way mirror exactly to the same size to ensure a snug fit. My next step will be to purchase a Raspberry Pi 3 to run Magic Mirror (open source modular smart mirror platform) and start customizing that to look just the way I want it to and run the most useful widgets. The last step will be to purchase all the lumber needed, cut it to length, assemble the frame, sand the frame, and then stain the wood. I sampled 4 different stains on a test piece and decided to go with a darker stain to help achieve the luxurious aesthetic I am looking for.