Start Your Shopping In Your Bathroom With New York Times’ Magic Mirror

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In essence, the magic mirror replaces your standard bathroom mirror. The exact mirror/display being used isn’t explicitly stated, but it is probably a Philips Mirror TV. Kinect’s movement tracking and voice recognition provides the human-computer interface. Additional interaction is provided through objects (skin care products, prescriptions) with RFID tags that are recognized by the system. On the back end there is probably a standard Windows PC that uses the free Kinect SDK, and the NYT’s developer API to serve up content.The obvious flaw, though, is that we don’t spend an hour per day in front of the bathroom mirror — we spend a lot of that time on the toilet, too. The R&D Lab don’t mention it, but presumably similar technology could be installed in bathroom stall doors — though the idea of Kinect watching you (and analyzing your voice…) while you squeeze one out is surely less than ideal. The smartphone will probably remain the ruler of the john for a little longer, then.

New York Times R&D Lab: Retail and the “magic mirror” from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.

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