Kinect games? Pah: it’s the mad Kinect hacks that make Microsoft’s motion sensor such an exciting piece of tech. Case in point: this amazing future mirror put together by the R&D team at the New York Times. Yes: the New York Times has an R&D department.
The ‘Reveal Project’ hack is designed to show what the bathroom mirror could be capable of, other than just showing you your gurning visage each morning. With a Kinect tucked in down the side and an active web connection, the mirror is able to understand basic commands via voice or gesture.
For example, the video shows the mirror being able to reveal the weather or news headlines while you brush your teeth. Like the sound of a headline? Touch your phone to it and it’ll ping onto your handset ready for your commute.
It can also sync wirelessly to a health bracelet such as FitBit, to show how active you’ve been throughout the week. It’s a really cool application of Kinect, put to use in a household staple that’s prime for a tech update. Check out the video below to see it in action: