Is the Great Mirror Stagnation over?

by on September 27, 2012 at 3:00 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

“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.

In July, Panasonic started accepting orders for its mirror—priced at nearly Y3 million ($38,000)—targeting physical rehabilitation centers.

At the Yokohama Rehabilitation Center in Japan, a test site for the device, 77-year-old Takao Yamamura uses the digital mirror to rehabilitate after suffering extensive nerve damage following a spinal cord infarction.

The full article is here.  One problem is that consumers do not buy new mirrors very often, plus they are used to prices below $38k.

1 Nicolas September 27, 2012 at 5:30 am

Makes me think of the telescreens in Orwell’s 1984, which could pick up changes in your pulse as well as being used for general spying.

2 Rahul September 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

i remember someone making a plane-ish mirror with non reversing optics.File under Mirror non-stagnation.

3 jimi September 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

Mirror Inspector is a career I could really see myself doing.

4 Andrew' September 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

Upon further reflection, I could see myself as mirror inspector supervisor.

5 Brian Donohue September 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm


+2 in total.

6 cidiel September 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

the great mirror stagnation ended with this!

h/t radiolab

7 anon September 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

Better yet, and under $10:

Fog Free Shower Shave Mirror

8 GiT September 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Well, it will certainly bad luck when it breaks…

9 GiT September 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

*be* bad luck

10 Adrian Ratnapala September 28, 2012 at 3:38 am

Mirror evolving a *lot* at the high end, where there is an actual need:

* Thin-film dielectric mirrors can have absurdly high reflectivities and can have precisely engineered spectral properties.
* Ever better tricks for making smoother surfaces are being used, and are needed to make use of high reflectivities.
* We are making adaptive mirrors which can compensate for refraction in the atmosphere.
* We are making bigger mirrors than before (for telescopes)
* We are inventing clever ways to make tiny mirrors (e.g. sticking dielectric films at the ends of optical fibres)

I’m sure there’s more.

11 fioreset online October 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

cidiel, I am totally agree with your thoughts. Keep doing these type of work.

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