Fully Functional 'Apple Mirror' Augments Your Reflection With iOS Apps

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A web developer and graphic designer has created a fully functioning touchscreen "Apple Mirror", offering a reflective look into an imagined future where Cupertino builds smart screens for the home.

    New York-based Rafael Dymek created the mirror as a personal project, aping elements of iOS 10 to augment the interface, which appears to run off the back of a modified desktop touchscreen OS.


    The "Apple Mirror" features the date and time in the top right corner and a weather forecast in the top left. Beneath these sit several working iOS app icons which can be rearranged with the drag of a finger.

    A tap opens the apps in the familiar manner, albeit in a windowed mode, although this does allow for easy multi-tasking. Dymek demonstrates some of the possibilities of his modified Apple interface, which include the ability to request an Uber, watch Netflix, read the news, control a Nest thermostat and smart light bulbs, control output to a Sonos speaker system, and more.

    After 45 seconds of inactivity, the interface goes to sleep and the touchscreen looks like an ordinary mirror, while a simple tap resumes use. Check out the video to see it in action.

    Article Link: Fully Functional 'Apple Mirror' Augments Your Reflection With iOS Apps
  2. Nadir98 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2015
  3. Nebulator macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
  4. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    Cool concept. Is there an app for self-cleaning?
  5. Aussi3 macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2012
    Facesticks on the App store
    Wiping the fingerprints off that would be annoying as lol :)
  6. prasand, Nov 24, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2016

    prasand macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2015
    UES, New York
    well done, though the app icon placement could be less intrusive. Also, though iOS is not really a widget-based system, the smart mirror should use more rather than icons. But I imagine the mirror interface will evolve.

    --- edit ---

    Went to the site and saw that the icons could be arranged as a dock along the bottom edge. Which is more familiar / less intrusive. A two by two grid in the left and right corners to pull it from the visual center without encroaching the vertical space, or a app drawer (app folder) in the bottom right or left corner to show apps only when needed, and a frameless design would be nice. But I'd buy the white frame version in a heartbeat.
  7. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    cool concept indeed, but how much time do you spend in front of the mirror?
    maybe it's a product directed to a specific gender cough cough
  8. oldcelt macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2011
  9. applepuree macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2014
    That would be good in a hotel bathroom
  10. silentmajority macrumors member

    May 3, 2013
    The only place that I would find a use for this is in the bathroom. Open a news app while I'm brushing my teeth, reviewing my calendar for the day, checking the weather. However for an estimated $800-1,300 the cost wouldn't justify the purchase. Cool concept though.
  11. allenvanhellen macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2015
    The problem with this and even the Apple Watch and a bit with the iPhone is the lack of intelligence for displaying pertinent information. The mirror should tell me if I need an umbrella or how many layers to wear. It should remind me if I have an important meeting or a date or if it's photo day, so I pay a bit more attention to my appearance. It should know what I'm watching elsewhere in the house and continue it on the mirror if I didn't pause it when I got up. And Siri needs to get way smarter and more useful.
  12. Kajje macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    Looked in the mirror a while ago and it was not great. Not buying this crap.
  13. netwalker macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2007
    Instead of putting fingerprints all over the mirror, this would obviously be the right place for Siri. If Apple wants to do something like Alexa/Echo, doing it in form of a mirror like this actually sounds like a nice idea. Don't need an active display all the time but if it wants to show information like the weather report, then it can do it as shown in this concept.
  14. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
  15. nnoble macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    Brilliant. It's great when someone comes along and turns an idea into reality. Hope I'm still around when this becomes a consumer product.
  16. dilbert99 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    Would be neat to have smart panels in the house sometime in the future.

    I'd imagine this one would say several phrases :D
    • Ooooo arent your just gorgeous
    • My you are the thinnest you've ever been
    What else would it say?
  17. nnoble macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    In my case: Jeez, have you looked in the mirror recently?
  18. netwalker macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2007
    Tidy up your room Dilbert. :D
  19. nt5672 Suspended

    Jun 30, 2007
    Not going to happen. People don't replace their mirrors every 3 years with another disposable mirror. Cool it is, outside the box it is, its just not in Apple's core competency of making products to fill landfills.
  20. Marc G. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
  21. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    You're installing it wrong ;)
  22. Porco macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2005
    Seemed like a cool idea at first, but upon reflection I'm not so sure.
  23. Gudi macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    Not everything you've seen in a sci-fi movie is a great idea in real life. Steve Jobs was such a great product guy, because he instinctively knew what would and what wouldn't work on a daily basis.
  24. Zedcars macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    There are better ways to interact and control things than from a mirror...i.e. smartwatch/phone/voice. Why would I want to walk up to a mirror to do it?

    Watching videos on a highly reflective surface is obviously not ideal - it's bad enough seeing my ugly mug reflected back in the iPad screen, let alone a mirror!

    I just think it would only be useful for getting quick feedback on things like the weather, time, breaking news, stocks etc. I'm not sure that would be worth the cost.

    Really, you have to think about whether developing something like this would enhance/benefit the user beyond what other tech can achieve. Despite how cool it looks, I'm not seeing that there's a big enough advantage.

    Sorry to be so negative.
  25. Speedy Dingo macrumors regular

    Speedy Dingo

    Jun 4, 2010
    How would Jony make it thinner though? :p

    After everyone's done #1 & #2s and they smear their fingers all over it before washing hands... sounds hygienic.

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