Photogenic Mirror

Created on 26 Oct 2019

From now, taking an easy and desirable full body selfie is no longer a dream!

Summary This full-body mirror with adjustable cameras can take photos and send it the user’s email for easy access/review. It provides excellent lighting conditions and primarily allows users to independently and effortlessly capture their reflection as a photo. From now, taking an easy and desirable full body selfie is no longer a dream! Complete Proposal When a person takes a selfie of himself that includes more of his body than a portrait or headshot, he stays unaware of how he looks in the photo until he manually checks the camera. Existing solutions like a longer selfie stick can expand the photo frame, but will not suffice for full bodies and the phone screen will also be hard to see from a distance. To combat this issue and provide an easier way to pose oneself perfectly for a photo, we would like to propose a “photogenic” mirror. This mirror will provide excellent lighting conditions and primarily allows users to independently and effortlessly capture their reflection as a photo. In this project, development of the prototype will be split into three stages: incorporating one camera with major functions, expanding to three to five cameras, and implementing other creative functions. Initially, the full-body mirror will have one camera clipped onto it and it will take photos by pressing a button. Consequently, users will receive a light signal countdown by having a signal light strip change color gradients from red to yellow to green. Once the last green light shines, the camera will be activated to not only take photos, but a speaker attached to the mirror will also say encouraging words to the user like “you look great today!” Finally, the camera will send it to the user’s email for easy access/review. For additional customization, the adjustable camera can be moved to other locations on the mirror. Likewise, depending on the environment, lights around the camera and mirror will adjust their brightness to try to emulate natural lighting. From here, aside from installing more adjustable cameras, we can start the third stage by adding possible interactive features such as a weather display, photo filters, sound recognition commands for photo taking process, and speaker greetings that are triggered when the user approaches the mirror closely. In addition, we could add a burst mode that will take photos sequentially and provide a user-specified number of “bursts.” Although other teams have made projects involving mirrors, many focus on the convenience factor and only offer functions like makeup filters that can already be achieved with cell-phone apps or other technology. Not only is our camera concept unique to this category, it also solves a substantial problem. When taking such into consideration, our mirror will stand out greatly from the others that are becoming repetitive and overdone.

@yizhao2

Yi Zhao

@mcwu

Molly Wu

@zhenxinz

Zhenxin Zhang

@hfei

Haoran Fei

Part Cost Quantity Total
breadboard full size $5.95 4 $23.80
just breadboard, you know
Additional Speaker $1.95 2 $3.90
For additional security and trying
fancy camera $29.95 1 $29.95
This is a camera for trying new types
Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires - 40 x 6" (150mm) $3.95 3 $11.85
Jumper for raspberry pi
USB Battery Pack for Raspberry Pi - 5000mAh - 5V @ 2.1A $24.95 1 $24.95
This is the battery for Raspberry pi, you know
Raspberry Pi Camera Board v2 - 8 Megapixels $29.95 2 $59.90
Camera for photo taking and send email, and backups
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Project Board $35.00 2 $70.00
Raspberry pi, you know
LED - Assorted $3.30 5 $16.50
Long lights, green, yellow, red changes with time after button got pressed
Tactile Button switch $2.50 1 $2.50
This are the buttons that go with Adafruit Sound board
Stereo Enclosed Speaker Set - 3W 4 Ohm $7.50 2 $15.00
This is the speak that go with the adafruit sound board
Panasonic Alkaline Battery - AA $0.50 10 $5.00
These are the batteries and backups
4 x AA Battery Holder with Premium Jumper Header Wires $2.95 2 $5.90
This is battery holder and backups
Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board + 2x2W Amp - WAV/OGG Trigger -16MB $29.95 1 $29.95
this is for making sounds for praising the user
Project Totals: 36 $299.20
Track 1 Base Budget: $250.00
Preferred Vendor Budget Bonus: $50.00
Remaining Budget: $0.80