‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’ Believe it or not, your mirror might soon be able to answer you back.
Either the singularity is here, or the luxury-tech game just outdid itself with this brand-new home offering, perfect for the tech-obsessed generation: the first-ever luxury smart mirror.
For anyone whose morning routine already involves some some form of multitasking with a smartphone, the benefits of a smart mirror are immediately obvious. Imagine waking up and checking the news as you brush your teeth, or watching a makeup tutorial as you get ready, all at the tap of a screen. Simply named Mirror, the debut creation by Singapore’s FRED Technologies upgrades your everyday mirror with the addition of a seamless touchscreen panel, replete with apps that show up only when you walk near.
Connected to the Internet, the Mirror can show you news, weather forecast, personal schedule, and social media updates, freeing up your hands to do whatever you need to do to get ready. It’s also equipped with stereo sound, with two speakers built into the brushed-aluminium frame that can play music controlled by voice commands.
High-tech smart capabilities aside, it’s a sleek piece of furniture, measuring 80x50cm with a built-in 15.6-inch screen, and just 1.8cm thick. With dark glass outlined in Champagne gold, it has a refined look that could work in a wide variety of spaces. Becoming a regular mirror when you step away, the mirror is somewhat energy-friendly. It’s also waterproof and mist-proof in humid bathrooms, and it incorporates an air-purifying system to keep your bathroom fresh.
With a background in the tiles and ceramics industry, FRED Technologies founder Jonathan Yuan says that the idea for the Mirror came about from demands of luxury homeowners.
‘I observed that one of the pet peeves was mirror spots, the main cause being excess moisture seeping into the mirror foundation in humid bathrooms,’ says Jonathan. “I thought of creating a well-engineered and well-designed mirror that would be free from black spots…married with the smart functionality of an advanced tablet, and even air-purifying technologies to remove bathroom odours.”
Operating on an Android 5.0 operating system, any app that is available to the OS can be used on the Mirror, which means you can proudly display your hard-earned health and wellness stats, play games, and even teach kids to brush their teeth or connect to your coffee maker to brew your morning cup.
Yuan foresees alternative industry applications for the Mirror, so it’s not just for the home, either: ‘The Mirror is perfect for the hospitality industry, where guests can harness the intelligence of the Mirror to check on local gifts to buy for families, city or suburban bus tours to book, and so on. And in the beauty and fashion industry, the Mirror can be applied to hairdressing and beauty salons to allow customers better use of waiting time while treatments are applied. I foresee the Mirror having literally a life of its own.’
The first launch of the Mirror is a limited-edition model, and there are only 500 pieces available worldwide. One will set you back SG$2,700 (approx. HK$15,013), which you can order online from Frednology with free international delivery.