Main Project Inspiration – Magic Mirror

For my final project, I want to make a Magic Mirror. Now, this isn’t really magical, but it has the impression of being magic since it’s used in a way that is different from a regular mirror.

Essentially, the mirror will have a monitor behind it that will allow you to look at yourself and see some basic information about the day. Maybe you can see your calendar, the weather, and the news or something. From what I can find, it’s made using RaspberryPi. I don’t have any experience with RaspberryPi, so if you (or anyone you know) understands how it works, please let me know! Other than that, I will need to make a wooden frame to hold the monitor and the mirror–like a shadow box size.

I really like the backlight on the image above and know that I could get some LEDs to create that effect.






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  • Jamie Frankel
    April 15, 2020 9:26 pm

    Hello Isabella,
    This is a really cool project that I think would be really helpful in my day to day life. I am curious are you going to use a one way mirror? How do you plan to see the information.

  • Thomas Buckholtz
    February 23, 2020 1:54 pm

    This will be such a cool thing to have in your place if you can pull it off! What aesthetic would you say this fits? I’m very interested to know a little more about the elements of these, specifically if there is a literal mirror involved? Or is the “mirror” really just the monitor? Unfortunately I don’t have any raspbery pi experience, but I’m sure at least one of us does if you give a shout-out in the #worktrade. Also, this would be amazing if you could get this to display your personal calendar/to-do’s! Do you think it’d also be possible for it to display a rotating/dynamic design relevant to whatever aesthetic you end up choosing? Could be something fun to include in one of the corners.

    • Isabella Colosimo
      February 26, 2020 11:33 am

      I think I’m going to try for a Scandinavian aesthetic here! I want to get some kind of visual moving graphic on the mirror, but I’m still not even fully sure how to use the code yet :/. Thank you for the ideas!

  • Davis Robertson
    February 23, 2020 1:51 pm

    Hi Isabella,
    This is a really cool project! I actually just finished helping my roommate build one of these so let me know if you’re interested in his contact. Try and find reflective acrylic that is fairly thick. My roommate’s was a little thin and it warps at the edges and you can slightly see the screen. Also the raspberry pi setup is reasonably easy, and there is pretty good documentation about the library.

    • Isabella Colosimo
      February 26, 2020 11:30 am

      Hi Davis, thanks for the advice here! I’ll let you know if I need to get in contact with your roommate! I appreciate the connection thank you!


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