“Mirror, mirror, on the wall... who's the fairest of them all?" Everyone must have heard the popular quote of the yore. However, centuries later, the idea of a mirror is no more confined only to reflecting images.
Swadhin Das, a final year student in the Electronics and Telecommunication Department at Bhubanananda Odisha School of Engineering (BOSE) in Cuttack has developed a smart mirror using Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can operate electric bulbs, fans, Air Conditioners (ACs) and other electronic devices in a room.
The smart mirror takes voice command and can even play music, read out news, give weather updates and has many more features.
“It took me around four months to make the smart mirror as raw materials were not available due to the pandemic curbs. The smart mirror is made up of a 2-way mirror with a hardware technology including LED monitor, Raspberry Pi and AI device,” informed Swadhin.
Mihir Kumar Mohanty, lecturer at the Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Department of the college said, “The idea behind the innovation has been borrowed from Alexa. After the mirror receives voice command, it can switch off/on lights, AC and regulate the speed of fan. One can operate the electronic devices installed at his house by giving voice command to the mirror,” Mohanty added.
Swadhin’s innovation cost him around Rs 20,000 and he claims the technology can help elderly and differently-able people to operate devices at their homes remotely, without moving from bed.
“He has made a smart mirror or mini robotic device with the help of a TV monitor that was provided to him by the college. The technology takes voice command and operates electronic devices fitted in a room. The device can also fetch information from Google,” said Gyana Ranjan Ray, Principal of BOSE.