A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The idea behind the Smartmirror
The idea of a Smartmirror came to mind when we noticed, that mornings can get stressful very easily. Especially if you like to stay in bed for a few more minutes. It is quite difficult to read the news, look up the weather, check the train schedule and your emails in a short amount of time. But what if you could do all these things while brushing your teeth or applying makeup?
Current state of this project
Currently this project is in the prototype stage. We have got both a functional and a appearance prototype but not a combined result yet. The functional prototype includes an operational gesture and voice recognition and almost every widget from the list at the end of this page. Furthermore it is compatible with the alpha version of the smartphone app. Nevertheless we have decided that we want to overhaul / redo the software and hardware to improve the quality of our Smartmirror.
Check out the prototype gallery to see images and videos of our current prototypes!
What will I get?
If you are one of our backers, you will receive a fully functional VERSE Smartmirror MVP with dimensions of 55 x 55 x 3,5 cm (21.7 x 21.7 x 1.4 inch)*. Both gesture- and voice recognition are operational and awaiting your inputs. The frame is made out of stainless aluminium, coloured either mat silver or mat black. The special Kickstarter editions are silver by default. The VERSE smartphone app will be available for Android and iOS in their respective stores.
* Dimensions may differ in the final product
The VERSE Smartmirror uses a widget system similar to modern smartphones. Each widget displays different useful information and can be configured to fit your personal needs. Even after purchasing a Smartmirror, the widgets will constantly be updated and new ones will be added. A detailed list of widgets can be found at the end of this page.
Configuration of your Smartmirror
Using the smartphone app (Android & iOS) or the browser application, you can customize your VERSE Smartmirror to fit your needs even better. You are able to determine the position, size and page of each widget. Once you have a layout you like, you can start configuring each widget itself. Every widget offers a huge number of configurable settings for you to choose from. The “news” widget for example allows you to choose the source (Washington Post, New York Times, …), as well as the quantity of headlines, topics of interest and much more.
Since everybody is interested in different things, your VERSE Smartmirror can have as many user profiles as you like. So even if you share your home - everybody can see what he or she wants to see. The user profiles are completely independent and can be configured separately. Changing the user profile is possible via the smartphone app, browser application or your mirror’s integrated voice recognition.
Using our custom developed gesture recognition, the user is able to interact with his VERSE Smartmirror very efficiently, and more importantly fingerprint-less. Go to the next page, adjust volume and brightness or change the currently playing song using simple gestures. Since gestures are very intuitive, even children are capable of controlling the VERSE Smartmirror.
“If there is anything you want to know, just ask!”. The integrated microphone(s) will listen to your question and try to find the right answer, which will either be given visually or via the integrated speakers. Every feature of the VERSE Smartmirror can be activated by the voice recognition. But of course the mirror isn’t always listening - it will operate offline until the wakeword is detected.
The principal behind a basic “Smart Mirror” is really simple. A display is mounted behind a semi-transparent mirror. That’s it. But because that would be boring, we decided to incorporate a few more components. First of all, we are using a highly luminant display to guarantee a clear, bright view of the displayed content. Our Smartmirror has also built-in microphones, speakers, logic, motion sensors, a gesture recognition bar and a lot of wiring. Integrated OLED area lighting panels take care of the right lighting and contrast between the room and person standing in front of the mirror. The components are framed by a stainless aluminium frame and a back panel. While designing the look of our Smartmirror we always kept a slim and futuristic look in mind. We are proud to announce that we have managed to create a Smartmirror that could have come from a science-fiction movie.
Mother Earth is important to us. Therefore, we try to keep the power consumption of our Smartmirror as low as possible. To save energy, the Smartmirror will go to sleep after a few minutes of not being used. Using the integrated motion sensors, the Smartmirror will boot up again automatically, once you enter the room. But even while running, we try to minimize the power usage in every way possible.
As we all know, the right team is an important factor for success. Our team consists of four young and ambitious friends from Austria, who share a vision. We want to revolutionize the way we look at ourselves, and use valuable time much more efficient. Due to our recent graduation of a technical school, we are professionals in both software development and project management. Our goal is to create the assistant of the future using the newest technologies available.
List of Widgets
Here are a few examples of the many widgets available for the VERSE Smartmirror:
Time The most basic feature, but still one of the most important ones. You can choose between an analog or digital clock, which displays the current time in the selected timezone.
News Would you like to stay up-to-date? The news widget takes care of this task. Read the newest headlines from your favourite sources while brushing your teeth.
Weather Shows you the temperature, likelihood of rain and a forecast of a selected area. By using the voice recognition, you can also get information about the weather somewhere else.
Youtube Would you like to watch a youtube video while doing something else? For example you could follow along a makeup tutorial. Simply choose a video and start watching.
Calendar Directly synchronized to your Google Calendar, this widget keeps you informed about your today's appointments.
Emails Since Emails are an important part of your work life, the Smartmirror can greet you with the inbox of your Email account.
Since the departure times of public transport can fluctuate sometimes, it is wise to check them before leaving the house. That’s where the public transport widget comes in handy. It will warn you about traffic jams or delays on your way to work.
Timetables This widget is connected to the WebUntis API and provides one or more timetables. If there is a cancelled lesson, the mirror will let you know.
Reminders Are you tired of forgetting important things? Don't worry - your Smartmirror will remind you.
Todos Instead of your fridge, the todo list is now directly on your mirror.
Stock market prices
Sometimes it is important to act fast. For example if the stock market prices are at an all-time low. Using this widget, you are able to see all the prices you are interested in, whenever you enter the room.
Custom Inputs Would you like to write a quick message, your wife can read when she gets up? This widgets allows you to write and display any text. How about a romantic poem?
Risks and challenges
As with any other product, there may appear some difficulties regarding software, production and publishing of the Smartmirror. Nevertheless we strongly believe that there is a solution to any problem that might occur. Especially since our team is mentored by a team of business angels with experience in crowdfunding.
Since the VERSE Smartmirror is currently in prototype stage, there might be some necessary changes until we have a final product. We have both a functional and a appearance prototype, but not a combined result yet. Therefore the dimensions and look of the final product may differ slightly.
The software of the Smartmirror is remotely updatable and bugfixes or improvements can be published even after shipping. To avoid security issues, we stick to the newest best-practises and coding standards.
Because we demand high standards on our Smartmirror, we try to bring our product to perfection. This may take a little bit longer but will pay off the wait - at least in our opinion. The estimated delivery is deliberately scheduled late, to give us enough time to match our standards.
To minimize the risk of delay, we are mostly using locally produced hardware. Although this is slightly more expensive, it allows us to communicate faster and therefore should result in faster production.
To guarantee successful, worldwide shipping, we are already in conversation with parcel services.