AlexaDev Tuesday: Make An Alexa-Enabled Magic Mirror

We’ve been seeing them in Sci-Fi movies for years and it’s only a matter of time before they make their debut as a consumer product, but one enterprising dev has made an Alexa-enabled version of his own: a magic mirror.

 

amazing mirror

 

The Countdown To Future Tech Starts…NOW!
Inspired by what Michael Teeuw had already accomplished with a Raspberry Pi magic mirror, Arlo Carreon not only figured out how to use an Echo, AWS and Raspberry Pi to make a magic mirror (a one-way mirror mounted over a video screen, such that the mirror allows items displayed on the video screen to be visible on the mirror), he’s shared his code and how-to on hackster.io.

Here’s a video of the mirror in action:

 

 

Reference Links For Building Your Own Magic Mirror
Magic mirror projects have been around for years, but what makes this project so much cooler is the addition of Alexa for voice control.

Click here for Raspberry Pi’s blog post providing an overview of a magic mirror project.

Click here for information about magic mirror pioneer Michael Teeuw’s MagicMirror², the open source modular smart mirror platform he’s created.

Click here for Arlo Carreon’s Hackster.io page about his own, Alexa-enabled magic mirror, which includes links to his code.

Note that Arlo is using a full-size Echo for his magic mirror project, but you can also run an Alexa Voice Service interface through Raspberry Pi. A link to Amazon’s own Github repository for that is included in the Raspberry Pi description/listing below.

 

What an amazing Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation or wedding gift this would make!

 

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Amazon has released its how-to for building your own Alexa-enabled Raspberry Pi device, and the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit – 32 GB Edition is a great choice for the purpose. It comes with a Raspberry Pi -recommended Micro SD Card pre-loaded with NOOBS, just as the Amazon how-to suggests, and includes on-board WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. This kit is rated 5/5 stars across over 340 reviews and is currently (as of 5/3/16) priced at $74.99. You’ll also need to get a USB 2.0 Mini Microphone, but probably have everything else that’s required on hand (Ethernet cable, optional HDMI monitor, USB keyboard and mouse – these last three are only needed if for some reason you can’t “SSH” into your Raspberry Pi).

 

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