The New York Times: Magic Mirror

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The New York Times Co.'s research lab is entering your bathroom via a data-bearing mirror. The lab's creative technologist for research and development, Brian House, shows off the latest project in this video created for The Nieman Lab. The mirror uses Microsoft's Kinect technology to actually understand physical and verbal cues from the user. It also uses the NYT's APIs to serve up information.

You can browse the news while in the bathroom, but also shop online (like House does in this video) and schedule things on your calendar. It can also have uses like looking up product information and other health-related features. The mirror is part of a series of projects, which also includes this screen/kitchen table, and tries to meld together the personal with the online in a non-intrusive way.