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Tech Tuesday – Magic Mirror will Let You Surf from the Bathroom

The New York Times R&D Lab is releasing info on a new mirror, dubbed “The Magic Mirror”, that allows you to have access to the internet from your bathroom. It’s built using Microsoft’s Kinect Motion Sensing Technology for physical cues and voice recognition to give you the information you want, when you want it. I don’t know about you, but I talk funny with a toothbrush in my mouth.

Screen Shot of Demo Video
Screen Shot of Demo Video showing Magic Mirror

This new device would let you do everything from reading a newspaper online, to checking the kid’s schedules for school and activities, to getting your grocery lists updated and in order. The idea is to have this mirror in your bathroom, so while you brush your teeth or are shaving, you can do all those things you would do in the morning, sitting in front of the computer. The R&D Labs are also seeing it as a way to expand on having you “experience the news” but in a non intrusive way. You can watch some videos to see how it all works.

Now personally, I can see where they are going with this. And the concept is cool, but in the bathroom? It’s a little unsettling to me. When I’m in the bathroom, I’m usually preoccupied with other matters. So while this seems like a cool idea, I’m going to personally pass on it. I don’t want a Skype call coming in while I am in the shower.


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