Web based home mirror, inspired by Hannah Mitt's project.
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README.md

Home Mirror

Web-based home mirror, inspired by Hannah Mitt's project.

Install

  1. Install Meteor

  2. Clone this repo

    $ git clone git@github.com:lambtron/homemirror.git
    
  3. Deploy to Meteor

    $ meteor deploy <your-name-here>.meteor.com
    
  4. Point your tablet to the URL and enable Kiosk mode

  5. Follow Hannah Mitt's tutorial for physically building the mirror or mine below

Customize

I decided to use Meteor for its real-time nature and ability to organize server and client side JavaScript in the same file.

Every "widget" on the screen can be found in the ./widgets folder. Let's look at the time widget as an example:

  1. Create the folder time with ./time/index.html and ./time/index.js

  2. Define the time template in index.html

    <template name="time">
      <div style="font-size: 3em">
        {{time}}
      </div>
    </template>
    
  3. Define the logic for rendering the time template in index.js

    if (Meteor.isClient) {
      Template.time.helpers({
        time: function() {
          return Chronos.liveMoment().format("hh:mma");
        }
      });
    }
    
  4. Add the time template to ./client/index.html

    <head>
      <title>Mirror</title>
    </head>
    
    <body>
      {{> date}}
      {{> time}}
      {{> weather}}
      {{> news}}
    </body>
    

Have fun!

Hardware

I followed Hannah's guide pretty closely.

Items

Directions

1. Cut a hole in the black construction paper for the device's viewport

Make sure the size of the hole that you are cutting is the size of the device's viewport and not the size of the device itself. You're going to put the two-sided adhesives along the edge of the construction paper that will stick to the device's bevel.

2. Glue the construction paper onto the back of the mirror

Use the spray adhesive at about 6-8 inches away from the construction paper. Don't get the construction paper too wet. After several seconds, slowly stick the sprayed side onto the back side of the mirror.

3. Add adhesive strips to the back of the construction paper around the edge of the device's viewport cutout

4. Set the device up.. last chance to touch your device!

The two (free) apps I needed to download were:

  • Stay Alive!: for preventing the device from sleeping
  • Kiosk Browser: so that you can set the browser to the Home Mirror web app in full screen mode (probably not even necessary, but this is my first Android device and I struggled with even the most basic navigation)

Set the Kiosk Browser to point to your Home Mirror web app domain.

5. Stick the device onto the two-way adhesive strips

Voila!


If the final product is facing the ground, this is how and where the pieces fit together:

The completed mirror:

License (MIT)

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