New York Times Uses Microsoft's Kinect Tech For "Magic Mirror" Project

Nieman Journalism Lab web site is reporting that the New York Times' R&D department, Brian House, The Times Co.'s Creative Technologist for R&D has been working on a project of a data-bearing mirror. "The device's working name: "the magic mirror" uses Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensing technology to read physical cues from its user; it uses voice […]

Nieman Journalism Lab web site is reporting that the New York Times' R&D department, Brian House, The Times Co.'s Creative Technologist for R&D has been working on a project of a data-bearing mirror.

"The device's working name: "the magic mirror" uses Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensing technology to read physical cues from its user; it uses voice recognition technology to detect verbal cues. In the videos embedded below, you'll hear House talk to the mirror, Snow White-style. The mirror also uses the the Times' powerful APIs to serve up information on-demand."

"The device, within its notional home, would replace the standard bathroom mirror. And like the R&D Lab's screen-topped table, it's all about bringing a new kind of intimacy to the news experience. You can use it, say, to browse Times headlines, or watch Times videos, while you're brushing your teeth. You can use it to schedule events on your personal calendar, or to shop online, or to exchange messages -- from the classic "buy milk" on up -- with other members of your household. While the mirror is capable of serving (relatively) traditional forms of content -- individual articles, videos, etc. -- via its screen functionality, even more striking is its experimentation with information that has, directly, very little to do with the Times itself. In exploring the realms of health and commerce alongside more standard editorial content, the Times Co. is hinting at the products we might see when news organizations expand their scope beyond the news itself," explained Nieman Journalism Lab.