Android Wear smartwatches are designed to let you view notifications (among other things) by glancing at your wrist without finding and unlocking your phone. But what if you’re in the middle of styling your hair and don’t have time to glance at your wrist?
Enter Nickolas Nothom’s Smart Mirror project. He’s created a mirror that can display Android Wear notifications.
The mirror itself is a sheet of one-way glass over a PC monitor. The smart part comes from an Android phone connected to the monitor with an HDMI cable, although Nothom says he might eventually use a Raspberry Pi mini-computer instead.
His initial goal was to create a system that would let him know when his Android Wear watch was finished charging so he could take off the watch while at home, let it charge, and get an alert that would let him know when it’s ready to go.
He created a system to do that using the Tasker and AutoWear apps for Android and posted instructions online. His phone beeps when the watch is charged and the beep prompts him to look at his mirror which displays a notification letting him know that the watch is charged. Sure, the beep alone would have been sufficient, but it would have been less cool.
The smart mirror an also be used for other things though since it’s hooked up to an Android phone (or eventually a Raspberry Pi). This could theoretically open the door to viewing incoming text messages or other alerts, checking weather forecasts or sports scores, or other functions.