The Cybertecture Mirror looks just like any typical mirror we can find in a Hong Kong home. The fog-resistant reflective surface measuring 50 by 80 centimeters could be the one that is innocently hanging in our bathrooms, but with a touch to the remote control, this mirror transforms into a computer screen in a science fiction-inspired moment.
This "magic" bathroom mirror is a cross between a smartphone and a flat-screen TV, allowing us to access the Internet while we're on the can, for stuff like updating Facebook statuses ("John Chan is on the can!"), checking the weather ("humid, overcast" -- what a surprise and good thing I checked), and getting the day's financial news so that we can get on the phone with our brokers earlier than our digital mirror-deprived peers.
"A mirror is something that we all use, it's ubiquitous," says James Law, chairman of Hong Kong-based firm James Law Cybertecture International and the creator of the digital mirror.
"With that captured audience, [we considered how] to benefit their lives, so we decided to design a new kind of mirror that can bring all of the powers of the Internet, applications, interactivity, multimedia, health, entertainment into a single product that you can install into your home."
At HK$60,000 (US$7,700) per gadget, not everyone will be able to afford to bring the digital dimension into the privacy of their bathrooms.
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