Japan’s Smartphone & Mobile Expo has exhibited some unique technologies in the past bringing exhibitors and consumers face to face. What we found interesting this year is use of a mirror to see weather, temperature, or the latest news. The idea has been conceived and manifested by a Japanese company, Seraku. The mirror is actually a LCD monitor that is rendered transparent with the help of a semi-transparent reflective glass.
A multitude of features display on the mirror, which are actually Android apps mirrored from a tablet. You don’t actually need to tap on the mirror thanks to RF proximity sensors that help you in providing input through gestures. This magic mirror actually reminds us of Samsung’s smart window, which is capable of turning any transparent surface to a touch-sensitive interface.
We see the possibility of Seraku’s mirror in a number of places such as your office’s window pane gazing at the city’s skyline or mirror in your home giving you daily news update and weather conditions. The technology is not going commercial yet though the company intends to install these sets mostly in salons to utilize your time to get updated with latest news, or filling out questionnaires while guzzling in pitchers of beer at a pub. This might seem a little funny to you but then Japanese are not known to take technology much seriously, or are they?