We’ve all seen the movies, you know like Iron Man or Star Trek. The films that feature out-of-this-world tech that just makes your life a thousand times easier. Sci-fi is the driving force behind the tech industry and new gadgets. So when we found this gem on Kickstarter, we knew these kids were on to something.
Starting with a 3D printer and an idea, the brains behind Firefly began working on something only seen in movies: a smart mirror. The concept is simple: a mirror that features a display that doesn’t interfere with the reflective surface of the mirror. While the automotive industry has started working on bringing “heads up displays” to vehicles like the new Cadillac Escalade, something similar isn’t readily available for your home.
Of course, it features all the usual you would expect a smart mirror to have including widgets for stocks, the weather, your upcoming calendar events, and the news. You can even request a ride with Uber while getting ready for the day. What makes this mirror truly “smart” tech is the integration of Amazon Alexa and IFTTT to connect to your other home automation devices like your automated lighting. It even boasts a facial recognition feature to auto-unlock as well as gesture recognition.
So how does it work?
Simple really. Install a tablet (either iOS or Android) to the back of the mirror and then hang in the desired location. The tablet uses the Firefly app to operate, available soon for free with some premium features requiring a monthly subscription. The Firefly team has said they plan on having updates regularly to bring the latest apps to the mirror for added functionality. Achieving their stretch goal means the ability to add multiple tablets to the mirror.
We like where this is headed. With about 14 days left in their Kickstarter campaign, the Firefly team has raised just over $8,000 of their $35,000 goal. It’s all or nothing for these guys, so they need support to fund the project to make it a reality. The mirror is set to retail at over $200, but with a pledge of as little as $130, you could have yourself one with lifetime access to the app. First shipments begin in August of this year.
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