Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Is the Great Mirror Stagnation over?"

From Marginal Revolution:
“There hasn’t been much innovation with the mirror,” said Ming-Zher Poh, who, as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developed a bio-sensing system called the Medical Mirror.
Introduced in 2010, the Medical Mirror uses a camera to measure a person’s pulse rate based on slight variations in the brightness of the face as blood flows each time the heart pumps. A two-way mirror creates a reflection while keeping visible the pulse reading on a computer monitor behind the mirror’s surface.
And this:
Japanese electronics conglomerate Panasonic Corp. initially considered targeting household consumers with its digital mirror—a flat-screen display powered by a computer behind a two-way mirror—but the company decided to target business customers instead because of the price....MORE
Here's a mirror installed at the Redwood Library and Atheneum Newport RI earlier this year:

The mirror placed above the pediment above the original entrance to the 
Redwood Library reveals the institution's role as a mirror of the world....