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Mirror dongle turns a standard screen into a dynamic, personalized display

Mirror dongle turns a standard...
There's a hint of Minority Report about Estimote's Mirror
There's a hint of Minority Report about Estimote's Mirror
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The Estimote Mirror developer kit will ship in Northern Hemisphere winter
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The Estimote Mirror developer kit will ship in Northern Hemisphere winter
The dongle is small, needing just an HDMI and USB plug to operate
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The dongle is small, needing just an HDMI and USB plug to operate
The system is designed to work in airport or retail environments 
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The system is designed to work in airport or retail environments 
There's a hint of Minority Report about Estimote's Mirror
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There's a hint of Minority Report about Estimote's Mirror
Estimote says the system could be used to direct lost travellers to the right gate 
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Estimote says the system could be used to direct lost travellers to the right gate 
Wi-Fi means the unit can be cloud connected 
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Wi-Fi means the unit can be cloud connected 
The Estimote Mirror dongle is compact and plugs into a TVs USB and HDMI ports - assuming they're in the right configuration
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The Estimote Mirror dongle is compact and plugs into a TVs USB and HDMI ports - assuming they're in the right configuration
A colorful collection of Mirrors 
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A colorful collection of Mirrors 
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With the ultimate goal of developing "an operating system for physical locations", technology start-up Estimote has unveiled Mirror, a video-enabled smart beacon designed to inject a touch of Minority Report into otherwise mundane shopping or airport situations. Thanks to an inbuilt Bluetooth LE sensor, the device can sense nearby smartphones or compatible stickers, and display personalized information to the viewer.

According to Estimote, the range of potential applications for the device spans everything from airport departure gates to busy shoe shops. Lost travellers could wander up to a display with the relevant airline app open, and the screen would be able to direct them to the correct gate, or give them information about flight cancellations.

The Estimote Mirror dongle is compact and plugs into a TVs USB and HDMI ports - assuming they're in the right configuration
The Estimote Mirror dongle is compact and plugs into a TVs USB and HDMI ports - assuming they're in the right configuration

Estimote also demonstrates a scenario where shoppers take shoes adorned with compatible stickers up to a TV screen, which automatically displays size and pricing info when they get close.

Mirror hardware includes a system-on-chip, complete with video processing, hiding away within the colourful dongle, along with Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi receivers. Estimote says the unit's firmware has been designed to open up a wide range of interactions, and the wireless connectivity means developers can hook Mirror up to the cloud so the information it provides is always up to date.

The company also says making it work shouldn't give developers too much of a headache, thanks to an SDK that can be easily embedded into existing apps or used to create new ones.

Hooking Mirror up to the television is as simple as plugging one end into an HDMI port and the other into a USB slot for power. But the design of the device means users will need to find a TV with the two ports next to each other lest some extension cables be required.

Deliveries are set to start in (Northern Hemisphere) winter, and pre orders are currently open.

Source: Estimote

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2 comments
RandomCrap
Just make an app that will do that.
Franco Bluto
in a word clever especially in a busy store