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How one Googler installed Google Now on his bathroom mirror

Published Feb 2nd, 2016 4:20PM EST

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I mentioned earlier today that I still miss some things about Android. One of those things is definitely Google Now, the insanely useful voice-enabled personal assistant that gives you all kinds of useful information when you need it. However, my love for Google Now can’t come close to the love shown by Googler Max Braun, who has successfully installed it on his bathroom mirror.

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Yes, it’s true: Braun made his bathroom mirror into a “smart mirror” that gives him important updates on things like weather, the date and time, and important news headlines. In a Medium post, Braun explains how he did it.

“I ordered myself a two-way mirror, a display panel and controller board, plus a bunch of components and arts and crafts supplies,” he writes. “The display is only a couple of millimeters thin and embedded in a layer between the two-way mirror glass and the door of the medicine cabinet. That way it looks very clean and I can keep using all the shelf space inside.”

Although the UI is fairly basic right now, it does manage to include a lot of important information. He’s also experimenting with giving the mirror the ability to have live traffic updates, appointment reminders and “anything that has a Google Now card.”

The entire “smart mirror” is still a prototype but he’s working on making it even smarter with more features. To see pictures that show where all the internal components fit into the mirror, check out the full Medium post at this link.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.