First, what is a magic mirror?A magic mirror is a very general term given to a mirror which is fitted with a computer ( usually a Raspberry Pi) and a screen of some sort, so that it can display information such as weather forecasts, upcoming calendar appointments, news updates and even just the time and date.You can’t see the edge of the screen, which is hidden behind the mirror, so only the bright white text shows through. Giving a super cool sci-fi-esque appearance.The secret to the magic behind magic mirrors is that the mirror part is not normal mirror, but instead two-way mirror. More about that below…
What is two way mirror?Two way mirror is also known as double-sided mirror (and confusingly – one way mirror) is named as such because it is only fully reflective on one side. The other side lets in half the light that hits it, and reflects the other half – thus allowing one side to be seen through, but not the other.The reason those police surveillance rooms are always so dark is the dim setting allows very little light to be reflected back, allowing you to see everything on the other side whilst remaining completely covered. Banks, supermarkets and education/health assessment rooms all use them, and recording equipment can be set up to capture everything that comes through.
How to make a magic mirrorAs you would expect, there are lots of guides on the internet for making a Raspberry Pi magic mirror, here’s a few which we found most useful:two way acrylic mirror cut to your exact size requirements.We hope you found this page useful, if you have used any of our cut to size materials in your magic mirror project then we’d love to hear from you.Please feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter.
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