There's something about a smart mirror that seems super futuristic. But far from being the subject of an episode of Black Mirror, it's actually an increasingly common addition to modern homes. In fact, there are more smart mirrors available to buy than you might think.
We've only recently discovered them so we bet you're thinking, 'What the heck?!' (well, that was our reaction, anyway). So, what can they actually do? And are they something you'd want to buy?
In brief, a smart mirror can offer a variety of services (other than just reflecting your face), from personal training and styling advice ('your morning hair looks mad' springs to mind) to diary updates, weather forecasting and more. To navigate you through the smart home maze, we've shared some of our favourite smart mirror functions for you to browse below.
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1. Smart mirrors let you try out different looks
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Ever wondered what you'd look like with a fringe? Or whether blondes really do have more fun? Or whether red lipstick is really your shade? It's now possible to try out a look before committing to a (potentially regrettable) change.
Coty (opens in new tab) recently revealed their first AR enabled smart mirror (below), which is designed to help you visualise how make up or a new hairstyle might look before you spend or any scissors/hair dye are picked up. While the technology is currently only available in salons, we don't doubt it won't be long before it's accessible in the home, too.
2. Receive daily updates while you brush your teeth
Always on the go? Employ a smart mirror as the personal assistant you wish you had and receive email, news and weather updates while you brush your teeth.
3. Check how your make up will look throughout the day
Want to know how your make up will look throughout the day? There's an app for that. Well, actually it's a smart mirror, but you get where we're coming from.
The simplehuman Wide View Sensor Mirror (opens in new tab) connects seamlessly to your smart phone, making it super easy to adapt the colour and intensity of light and get a better idea of how your home might look throughout the day.
After all, we've all overdone the bronzer on a dark morning and stared at our reflections in horror later the same day.
- Shop the simplehuman Wide View Sensor Mirror (opens in new tab) in the UK for £299.99
- Shop the simplehuman Sensor Lighted Makeup Vanity Mirror (opens in new tab) in the US for $199.98
4. Employ your smart mirror as a personal trainer
Dream of a home gym? Or an in-house personal trainer? Yep, us too. If you're short on space – or funds – why not consider investing in a smart mirror that doubles up as a personal trainer, guiding you through tailored at-home work outs.
Well, that's exactly what Mirror (opens in new tab) have to offer. Whether you're into yoga, boxing, HIIT, or all of the above, this almost invisible smart mirror will allow you to live stream workout classes straight to your home, 24 hours of the day. Plus, you can build a personal fitness profile to optimise workouts for maximum results. Genius.
5. Receive personalised skincare advice
Another one for the beauty lovers amongst us, HiMirror (opens in new tab) will analyse your skin to generate a personalised user profile before providing advice on the best products to enhance your skin. From there, it will track your skin progress, providing insight into which products work best for you.
- Shop HiMirror Mini in the US for $149 (opens in new tab)
- Shop the HiMirror Mini in the UK for £230 (opens in new tab)