The research & development group at the NY Times company demonstrates a bathroom mirror loaded with tech.

This new device for the home, with the working title of ‘magic mirror,’ was witnessed by Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab on a visit to the New York Times Company’s R&D lab. It’s a data-bearing mirror that uses the Microsoft Kinect and voice recognition technology to read physical and verbal cues. It also uses the NY Times’ APIs to provide info on-demand.

The interface would replace your traditional bathroom mirror and could be used while you brush your teeth, dry your hair, or take your meds. You can check your email or calendar, shop online (including a virtual dressing room for clothes shopping), visit your social networks, and exchange messages with others in the home. The mirror is also able to recognize an RFID chip in a box of medication and then show you their directions for use. Smart technology for the home of the future.

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