|STROMBY Picture Frame (50 x 70 cm)|
|21″ Computer Monitor|
|Lots of bargains for buying used. Try to make sure the ports are pointing down (parallel to screen) instead of out (perpendicular) to make wall mounting easier.||×||1|
|3″x1″ Lumber (12 ft)|
|Simply require lumber to build case around monitor. You can go off script here.||×||1|
|Gila Mirrored Window Film|
|Any 90 degree angle bracket less than 2″ in length should work.||×||6|
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|Raspberry Pi Raspbian Jessie|
|Hand tools and fabrication machines:|
This Smart Mirror build is aimed at being low cost, and made from readily available parts.
It all relies on the use of a regular picture frame, and mirrored window film to turn the glass into a two way mirror. Then you enclose a monitor in a wooden frame, and attach the monitor to your mirror. Finally, you get the software running on a raspberry pi, and put it behind the monitor.
This project also includes a bonus Alexa installation. Your smart mirror will be great without this, but it’s nice to have a voice assistant in your mirror to ask tough questions or control home automation.
Step 1: Creating the Two Way Mirror
The two way mirror is the most essential part of this build. To create this component, you just apply Gila Mirrored Window Film to any piece of glass or acrylic. This works equally well for glass and acrylic, and only takes about 15 minutes.