Firefly has a tablet in the back of a two-way mirror to make getting up in the morning easier

Smartphones have made it a little easier to stay in bed in the morning to read through the latest news updates or hear what friends have to say on their social media pages. This takes time away from getting ready for the day, however. A team of designers wants to make it easier to get up in the morning and did this by making Firefly, a smart mirror with a tablet situated behind the glass. To help make their smart mirror available they started a Kickstarter campaign.

The Firefly team originally began with one person who considered it a personal project. Over time, the team behind Firefly expanded to consist of four people. As a larger team they constructed all of the 3D printers they use to create the mirrors themselves to help save on costs for consumers. This also made it easier to adjust their design through development.

The mirror has a two-way glass, allowing a user to see the notifications of the tablet and their own reflection. Because the Firefly team went through multiple iterations of the mirror, they designed a special finish over the mirror to have it clearly show notifications even after a shower has fogged the display. The back of the frame has a customizable positioning unit for users to place their tablet wherever they'd like to see the notifications in the mirror. The mirror works with iOS and Android-powered tablets.

Tablet-Powered Mirror

The Firefly team designed a smart application to go along with the mirror, which uses Amazon Alexa. With the Firefly application installed on the tablet, it responds to a user's voice and hand gestures to avoid getting any fingerprints on the mirror. The application can display the stock market, news, weather, set a timer, take a selfie, or call an Uber vehicle for a pickup through the mirror. The application also uses facial recognition, allowing users to set an alarm for the morning and force themselves to turn it off only when they've stood in front of the mirror. Firefly can connect to other smart devices in a residence using If This Then That software, such as an alarm activating a light in the user's room.

The Kickstarter campaign the team has put together for Firefly has a goal of $35, 000 and ends on April 6, 2017.

Firefly

Smartphones have made it a little easier to stay in bed in the morning to read through the latest news updates or hear what friends have to say on their social media pages. This takes time away from getting ready for the day, however. A team of designers wants to make it easier to get up in the morning and did this by making Firefly, a smart mirror with a tablet situated behind the glass. To help make their smart mirror available they started a Kickstarter campaign.

The Firefly team originally began with one person who considered it a personal project. Over time, the team behind Firefly expanded to consist of four people. As a larger team they constructed all of the 3D printers they use to create the mirrors themselves to help save on costs for consumers. This also made it easier to adjust their design through development.