Spring 2022 | Himani Auplish, Christina IP, Max Stockdale
Design that Lasts
the Magic Mirror is a re-invented “mirror” made from recycled electronic products. The mirror becomes ‘smart’ by being able to cast widgets such as weather, videos, and other information onto the digital screen while still showing your reflection. The magic mirror is not only intended to serve all the purposes of an ordinary mirror but also customizable to suit various needs.
Product design | Research | sustainability
tools: figma | procreate
Concept + Ideation
As a product treated with delicate care until broken, mirrors seemed perfect until we learned there was no way to dispose of them. Glass, however, is infinitely recyclable.If we could separate mirrors from the part that wasn’t reused, then the mirror would have a long lifespan and be able to be recycled as well. By placing vinyl on top of the glass and reflecting off the digital screen, you would get a digital mirror. The last steps would be placing a frame to tie it together and a Raspberry Pi connected to a Chromecast so you could cast widgets from your smartphone.
Our team wanted to strengthen the relationship between the action and the user by augmenting the consciousness and intention of when you look into a mirror. With Magic Mirrors, rituals requiring mirrors such as hygienic routines and workout sessions will have a stronger relationship between action and object. Though mirrors are omnipresent, the Magic Mirror’s features force users to be more conscious.
Service + Construction
The Magic Mirror service process would source reusable material, package it and ship it off to the customer.
After purchasing, the Magic Mirror requires simple assembly. The process starts by attaching Raspberry Pi, screwing on a wing nut to hold it together, and getting it ready to be hung up.
Packaging + Visual Style
The Magic Mirror as a whole never ends, but parts such as the frame and screen can be taken apart and upgraded but the product lives on. We wanted the user to create a bond with the object and designed for opportunities to do so through the customization process and DIY assembly. Throughout this course, we learned that emotional bonds and memories can be created with inanimate objects when we cared for them and established stories. This in turn would lessen waste. Our team hope to achieve these goals through the creation of Magic Mirror.