It’s easy to get jealous of sci-fi worlds where the future has become way more advanced than it ever will. The Jetsons are going to get their flying cars and sky houses in about 40 years. Most every other fantastic future movies and video games told us about already started happening once we hit the 2000s. Yes, a lot of those are some pretty grim future scenarios, but what we’re really jealous of are the gadgets. Instant transportation and touch screens everywhere are what we’ve been thinking up for the future for years. Little did we know that some of that future tech was already here, making its premier in Hong Kong.
It’s called the Cybertecture Mirror and it’s the brain child of James Law. This interactive mirror displays just about anything the user needs through a digital display which still does not block the user’s reflection. It’s fog resistant, water proof, and has a set of speakers and WiFi built in. It’s capable of hooking up to the user’s computer, phone and a ton of other devices in a system similar to the Cloud. Anyone can browse the internet, check out the weather, watch TV, and even monitor their health on the Cybertecture. The peripheral sensors can pick up on a person’s weight and movement. Not only can the mirror be useful in helping a person store all the information they need in every day life and keep them up to date, but its interactive nature can make things like new exercise routines and physical interaction possible. It would be like having a Wii or Kinect connected to a computer, phone, planner, and television with no wires and inside a mirror.
It sounds totally impossible--the product of daydreams and tossing around ideas for things that would be cool to have. Every picture and video we’ve found of the Cybertecture, however, are totally real. Engadget reports that the mirrors will begin shipping by the middle of next year and pre-orders start in December. At about $7,733 each, they’re more than most of us can afford, but that’s kind of to be expected.
Below are a few videos demonstrations of how the Cybertecture will work! Check them out and be prepared to believe your eyes:
Mallory "Friday" Soto is the Editor of Cool Sh!t, Joonbug's source for internet culture, tech, charity, and the arts. A former Lit zine editor and comic book fan, she comes from a background of short stories and tales of masked vigilantes. She's a native New Yorker and avid video game fan.