Smart Mirror glass and acrylic provides superior transparency to a standard two way mirror, allowing crisp text and graphics to be displayed through the mirror.
Smart Mirror Technology
VanityVision glass and acrylic are the latest in smart mirror technology. The high quality, semi-transparent mirror provides flawless clear text and graphics through the tint-free mirror. To build your smart mirror, you’ll need:
- The mirror (purchased from us)
- A monitor, tablet, or TV (purchased separately)
- Raspberri Pi, tablet, or PC. (purchased separately)
- Touch overlay (optional)
We offer a 60-day return policy for our smart mirror products.
Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Preconfigured
I know, it is super daunting when you first think about doing a Magic Mirror project. There are so many different skills needed to complete the project: wood working, programming, glass cutting, and assembly. We take all the hard work out of setting up the Raspberry Pi for your magic mirror so you don’t have to worry about the software end of it. Just plug it into your display and you’re all set with all the top programs such as clock, calendar, weather, news, and more! Don’t worry, it is highly customizable, check out the 3rd party modules on magicmirror.builders to enhance your mirror abilities. In stock, ships immediately.
We sand all the edges to prevent cutting, which is also referred to as “seaming” glass. A polished edge using increasingly fine belts until the edges are smooth. Beveling glass polishes the edge at an angle. Below are images of the glass smart mirror with the different edges available to order.
- Superior optical quality
- Your choice of glass or acrylic
- 70% Reflective, 30% Transparent
- Close match to a standard mirror
- Careful packaging & fully insured
- Waterproof (Glass)
- Works with touch overlay
- Cuts like regular glass
- Edges sanded for safety
- Easy to clean
- Scratch-resistant coating
- Polished & beveled options
- Temperable for extra strength
- Better quality than 2-way glass
- Ships immediately
Benefits & Advantages
We have been building smart mirror and mirror television systems for 20 years, constantly perfecting our support, manufacturing, and packaging. We provide superior mirrors compared to our competition. Our Smart Mirror products are backed by extensive documentation, specifications, videos, and return policy.
Our team is standing by to process your order right away. Cutting and packaging is typically done within a couple hours. If your glass is tempered, please allow one week for manufacturing.
Configuring Raspberry Pi
Configuring MirrorMagic2 on a Raspberry Pi
- Update your OS
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
- Install MagicMirror
curl -sL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/MichMich/MagicMirror/master/installers/raspberry.sh | bash
Copy config.js.sample to config.js
cp MagicMirror/config/config.js.sample MagicMirror/config/config.js
Edit config.js (see magicmirror.builders for configuration options)
- Turn off the screensaver
sudo nano ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart
Add the following lines:
@xset s noblank @xset s off @xset -dpms
sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
Add the following line below [SeatDefaults]
xserver-command=X -s 0 -dpms
- Get Weather API Key at http://openweathermap.org/
- Add API Code to your config file:
sudo nano ~/MagicMirror/config/config.js
- Start MagicMirror Automatically When Booting:
Install PM2 using NPM:
sudo npm install -g pm2
To make sure PM2 can do it’s job when (re)booting your operating system, it needs to be started on boot. Luckily, PM2 has a handy helper for this.
PM2 will now show you a command you have to execute.
To use PM2 in combination with MagicMirror, we need to make a simple shell script. Preferable, we put this script outside the MagicMirror folder to make sure it won’t give us any issues if we want to upgrade the mirror.
cd ~ nano mm.sh
Add the following lines:
cd ~/MagicMirror DISPLAY=:0 npm start
Save and close, using the commands
CTRL-X. Now make sure the shell script is executable bij performing the following command:
chmod +x mm.sh
Start MagicMirror with the following command:
pm2 start mm.sh
Save your configuration:
Your MagicMirror will now start automatically on boot. If you make any changes, you can reload MagicMirror with the following command:
pm2 restart mm
Additional configuration instructions can be found at: www.magicmirror.builders
Configuring MirrorMagic2 on a Raspberry Pi Zero
You’ll need to run in server only mode following the manual installation instructions.
Adding A Touch Overlay
Finding an inexpensive touch overlay
Monitors and TVs compatible with touch overlay
You can save time and frustration by choosing the correct display for your touch overlay. You’ll need a non-touch display with a flat bezel. The bezel should be black, not silver or white. Avoid curved screens, as the overlay won’t be able to lay flat on them. Televisions with too small a bezel (under 0.5″) may pose a problem when laying the overlay on them, as there is nothing to set it on.
How fast do you ship?
We start cutting and packaging the mirrors as soon as you place your order. Glass & acrylic mirrors are cut and shipped right away, and tempered glass takes 1 week until shipping. When ordering tempered mirrors, lead time is about one week.
Can you do different shapes?
We can cut glass to various sizes and shapes. We only sell acrylic in rectangles and squares, but is easy to cut or drill using standard tools. Please email us a drawing and we will quote it for you.
Which is better, glass or acrylic?
Glass is easy to clean, scratch resistant, and a flatter mirror. The acrylic, while susceptible to scratching, provides better picture clarity, and is lighter and safer.
Do you offer wholesale discounts?
Please email us with the size and quantity you’re looking for and we will send a price quote and vendor application form.
What size should I order the mirror?
Usually, the mirror is the same size as the exterior measurements of the television or monitor (excluding stand). For example, the Samsung mu6300 series is very popular and here is a list of overall sizes:
40″ un40mu6300 – 36.1″ x 21.1″
43″ un43mu6300 – 38.4″ x 22.4″
50″ un50mu6300 – 44.4″ x 25.8″
55″ un55mu6300 – 48.9″ x 28.3″
60″ un60ku6300 – 53.7″ x 31.1″
65″ un65mu6300 – 57.6″ x 33.2″
70″ un70mu6300 – 61.9″ x 35.8″
Which is better to use, a monitor or TV?
If you’re making a small smart mirror, a tablet is often the best choice. For a large smart mirror, it’s generally better to use a TV, preferably a thin TV. A TV typically has a flat backside and you can turn it on and off with a remote straight through the mirror.
Can the mirror be larger than my display?
Yes, if you’re not using a touch overlay. Simply back paint the backside with black paint everywhere except the TV and IR sensor. We recommend masking off the area with blue painters tape, and using a paint that works well on glass such as Black Rust-Oleum UltraCover 2x, which is available from your local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards.
Advantages and disadvantages of tempering?
Tempered glass is heat-treated to increase the strength 10x. In addition, if tempered glass should break, it breaks into small shards which are less sharp than regular glass. The main disadvantage of tempered glass is that it causes distortion, similar to a fun-house mirror effect. For that reason, it’s generally not recommended unless going in a public installation.
How close of a match is it to a standard mirror?
The Rasberry Pi and Intel ComputeStick are very popular for the smart mirror projects. Smart Mirror development for the Pi has enjoyed the most attention in the media, so most people are using it.
Windows 10 provides certain capabilities such hardware compatibility, expandability, gaming, and emulators.
Android is a strong contender with its native support for Google Assistant speech recognition.
MangOS is a new Smart Mirror operating system with a lot of features.
Raspberry Pi vs PC
We love the appeal of the Raspberry Pi as well as the Intel ComputeStick. It all comes down to the OS you want to use, Linux vs Windows 10.
You can use a monitor, tablet, or LED TV as your display–the thinner and brighter, the better.
The ideal setup in terms of features and control for a small smart mirror is:
Samsung TabPro S or Galaxy Book – only 0.25″ thick, and allows gesture control, Cortana voice control, wireless mouse/keyboard/gamepad control. Add a touch capacitive film to the face of the glass for touch control. We recommend that you purchase the Samsung Multiport Adapter (EE-PW700BWEGUJ) to add 2 USB ports to your tablet.
Alternatively, if you want to do a large display, we recommend:
Samsung or LG ultra thin TV with PC or Raspberry Pi connected. Alternatively, add a ChromeCast and Google Assistant instead of the PC.
You can use LED tape around the back edges, and have it radiate around the edges. Alternatively, light fixtures can be installed behind the mirror to shine straight through it. You can add a frosted effect with patterned window film, acid etching, or sandblasting.
Signal strength is important, because the signal must usually pass through a TV/monitor screen and through the smart mirror glass. Bluetooth can be a nice feature, so that you don’t use an extra USB port for a USB keyboard receiver. We recommend the Logitech K830, which has a built in touchpad and offers both long range transmission using the included USB, as well as bluetooth if you don’t want to use the USB device. If you’re on a low budget, you we suggest a Logitech K400, which also has a great range, but a lower quality touchpad.
IR passes through the mirror so you can still operate a remote. If you are back painting the backside, be sure to leave an unpainted area to keep line-of-sight available to the sensor.
Gesture control works great, provided you have put a tablet PC behind the mirror. Alternatively, you could add a webcam to your setup to allow gesture control.
Yes, many of our customers connect a Raspberry Pi or Intel ComputeStick to an Amazon Echo Dot, Google Home, or simply use Cortana to enable voice. Alternatively, you can use a phone or tablet with Google Assistant built in.
Google has also released Google Now for Windows, which allows voice control over your Windows PC.
Gaming On Your Smart Mirror
How to install RetroPie on your Raspberry Pi
How we combined RetroPie with a smart mirror to make a travel gaming system.
If you’re running Windows (recommended), MacOS, or Linux you can run Steam and any other games your OS supports. You’ll need a powerful CPU and graphics card to run many games, so a Microsoft Surface or Samsung TabPro S tablet is recommended if you’re looking for a thin device. Alternatively, use a Google ChromeCast to stream your PC to your smart mirror. Another advantage to running Windows is the vast array of keyboards, gamepads, and mice that provide additional control over your smart mirror.
Using a Windows 10 tablet or PC, you can install emulators from Emulator Zone
PS4 & Xbox
Connect a PS4 or Xbox using HDMI input wired back through the wall. Alternatively, use a streaming device such as ChromeCast to broadcast the stream through the mirror.
Google Chrome Emulators
Using GPemu, you can run emulator games from your Chrome browser in Android, Windows, or Linux.
Download Catalog & Instructions
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|8″ x 8″ VanityVision Smart Mirror 1/8″ Thickness||$0.95|
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|8″ x 8″ VanityVision Smart Mirror 1/4″ Thickness||$0.95|
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|12″ x 12″ Beveled VanityVision Smart Mirror 1/4″ Thickness||$24.95|
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|14″ x 14″ Tempered VanityVision Smart Mirror 1/4″ Thickness||$29.95|
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You can position cameras around the mirror from multiple angles. By setting up windows streaming the cameras, you can view yourself from all sides at once when looking at your reflection in the smart mirror.
Yes, install a webcam behind the mirror at eye level, so when you read text you’re making eye contact with the camera. Two small displays should be located behind the mirror, one on each side of the webcam. Combine the displays into one using the display settings in Windows.
If you have added touch capability to your smart mirror, we recommend cleaning your glass with an oleophobic coating to make sure you’re not smudging it with the oils on your fingers.
In Android, simply long tap on your desktop and add the widget. In Windows, install Rainmeter and follow their instructions to create widgets using a text editor. If you are running the widgets in your Chrome browser, you can install the Simple Black theme to make it look better.
One of the best features of our glass mirrors is that the mirror coating is extremely durable. You can clean it with standard glass cleaner and paper towels without worrying about scratches. The acrylic is a lot more prone to scratches, but no more so than regular acrylic. Novus 1 cleaner and Polish Mates are recommended to minimize abrasion and repair small scratches.
Glass: The largest size is 96″x130″ and you can position the display anywhere behind the mirror.
Acrylic: 49″x97″ in both 1/8″ and 1/4″ thickness. Sizes larger than 36″x48″ tend to be bendy.
The mirror doesn’t require any power, but you’ll want to choose your display carefully. If the power plug installs in the side of your monitor/TV/tablet, you should be fine. If the power plug goes straight out the back, you may have a challenging installation which may require cutting into your wall and hiring an electrician.
Glass: Please email us a diagram for a quote.
Acrylic: Use a regular drill bit to drill holes.
Use standard mirror clips or a j-channel to mount a mirror flush to the wall.
You can paint the back (the non-mirror side–unless it’s beveled) with black spray paint such as Rust-Oleam High Heat or Ultra Cover 2x. Be sure to mask off the viewable area using a high quality blue painters tape such as Scotch Delicate Surface Masking Tape. Be sure to take careful measurements before painting to avoid mistakes, and you may consider purchasing a product sample from us for practice before painting the larger mirror.
Alternatively, you can use Gila Black Privacy Window Film, and be sure to also buy their application kit.
Mounting a TV
Assuming the mirror is being framed to connect it to the TV, you’ll want to use an ultra slim TV mount (0.4″ or less) behind it to keep it close to the wall. Alternatively, using an ultra thin tilting mount (0.75″ or less) will allow you to tilt it, connect cables or USB, then push it back against the wall when needed. Don’t forget to use anchors if you’re attaching it to plaster or drywall. A stud finder is recommended for mounting a TV wall mount, so you can drill into studs instead of drywall.
The Inland 05319 Ultra Slim Wall Mount is an excellent value at less than $20.
If the mirror is not being attached to the TV and it’s simply mounted in the wall, you can still use a wall mount within the wall, attached to a 2×4 board screwed into the studs.
Routing a frame to a TV bezel
Take your frame sticks to a wood worker or use a router table to route out the frame to the correct size such as the Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table.
Smart Mirror Projects
Sometime late last year I realized that I wanted my ordinary bathroom mirror to be more like the future we were promised in the movies. There doesn’t seem to be anyone selling the product I was looking for. The individual parts, however, were fairly easy to get. A number of people have done similar custom builds recently, but I had something different in mind. So I ordered myself a two-way mirror, a display panel and controller board, plus a bunch of components and arts & crafts supplies.
Michael Teeuw of Xonay Labs (pictured right) wasn’t expecting the rush of visits, compliments or questions when his latest invention blew up the DIY scene over 2 years ago. A magic smart mirror! Programmed to display and keep you updated with any information you need while adding a modern futuristic look to any room.
It started with a monitor, casing/frame, installing Raspberry Pi and a smart mirror. All the instructions are easily accessible. Many people from all over the creative spectrum design their own spin on smart mirrors. Whether you use an old monitor, tablet, or TV you can make any flat technology into a useful piece of art.
Check out the latest smart mirror software developments on his popular forum: http://www.magicmirror.builders
A living room mirror for movies, yoga and games, one in the kitchen for cooking and entertaining, and others in the bathroom for personal maintenance could one day give us the futuristic home we were promised decades ago. Yet, now that I’ve seen the technology in person, it still seems like a vision of the not-so-immediate future.
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