The fictional wonderlands of all genres of the past few centuries have teased our minds with smart mirrors, whether it be the insecure Evil Queen from Snow White or practically any recent work of science fiction. A mirror gives us a reflection of ourselves, but it can be more.
Dirror, a German company, has managed to build a mirror with a touchscreen display; Dirror is not the first to create something like this, nor are they last.
This technology has existed for the past few years, and those with the technical know-how have built similar mirrors for themselves.
However, Dirror is a first of its kind – it’s the first one to be available commercially, and to run Windows 10.
The Three Mirrors
Dirror – the company – have made three different mirrors, all powered by Windows 10. The prices vary, but so do the sizes.
The three mirrors come in three unique frames, and are targeted towards households and business that can afford it – that’s the important bit since these mirrors are certainly not cheap.
The Dirror S is the cheapest of them all; at €970, the mirror has a 10.1-inch display running at 1280 x 800. It’s powered by an Intel Atom X5-Z8300 processor and has 2 GB of RAM. There’s also 32 GB of storage, but (hopefully) users won’t be storing their music library in a mirror.
The Dirror M starts at €1,571; the mirror has a 23-inch display running at 1920 x 1080 – that’s FullHD. Since the resolution is higher, the internal specifications also need an upgrade. Therefore, it’s powered by a more powerful Intel Atom X7-Z8700 processor and has 4 GB of RAM. The storage also gets an upgrade to 128 GB, but why that is the case remains a mystery to us.
The Dirror L comes in two versions, one starts at €1,823, the other, €2,075. As you may notice, the L version costs only slightly more than M – that’s because it’s almost identical.
The mirror has a 27-inch display running at either FullHD or WQHD – that’s 1920 x 1080 or 2048 x 1080, the latter being more expensive. The internal specifications are identical to the Dirror M.
The Three Frames
As mentioned, the three mirrors come with the option of three different frames.
There’s the Java Brown Beach wood that appears to be light and pleasant, perfect for a lighter environment.
Then there’s the Nordic Nut Brown wood that’s dark wood – perfect for the homely environment, perhaps near a beautiful and warm fireplace.
Finally, a Silk White frame for those who just want something plain and basic.
Since Windows 10 is powering these Dirror mirrors, Dirror couldn’t resist the opportunity to have Cortana inside. All Dirror mirrors come with speakers and microphones that make interaction with Cortana possible.
The Evil Queen can now indeed ask a mirror who the fairest of them all is; there’s also support for Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 WiFi b/g/n.
The prices are insane, but considering that there aren’t very many devices such as this available commercially – it might, in fact, be reasonable.
We do wish for one thing from the next Dirror mirror: Windows Hello support; it’s a mirror, you are showing it your face – Windows Hello support sounds like a no-brainer to us.