Journalism and news need to find new and innovative ways into our daily routines and ultimately into our life’s, without just swamping us with information. Smart mirrors are one way in which this can be achieved.

However, in this current project – initiated by sensory & science journalist Jakob Vicari – I am working in a team of developers to create a smart mirror that can do much more than “just news”. The mirror combines catering for your individual daily news intake with giving you all the information you need to start your day. For example, it reminds you of taking medicine and gives you information on when to leave your house to be somewhere at the right time, while showing you how to tie a Windsor knot.

One of the main goals of the project is to create an open source product. The project is sponsored by the Digital News Initiative (DNI), a partnership between Google and publishers in Europe supporting high-quality journalism through technology and innovation.

My main role in the team – which consists of six hard- and software developers and another science journalist and communicator – is to find ways to connect technological possibilities with content and to come up with ideas what the mirror should be able to do. Furthermore, I am involved in pair programming and scripting and directing an explainer video for using the mirror.

Thus far, we have had a concept workshop as well as a prototyping sprint of five days in which we created a first prototype. It will be tested in private households and presented at various conventions. 

By the way: You can find more information about the project and prototyping sprint in the cover article in ZEIT Campus (May/June 2018).