In this Instructable, I'm riding the popular wave of smart mirrors and showing you all how I made a portable, handheld smart mirror. It's plug-and-play in the sense that once everything is soldered and built, you just have to plug in the Compute Stick and you should be good to go! This Instructable will focus heavily on the design and the construction electronic hardware in order to fit the needs of a portable smart mirror.
Step 1: Materials
The materials were pretty simple to obtain. Overtime, I acquired all the materials but by all means, you can go ahead and purchase them all at once.
One distributor is Adafruit:
- 3.7V, 1200mA Lithium Ion Polymer Battery (LiPo) (Powers display): https://www.adafruit.com/product/258
- 3.7V, 2000mA Lithium Ion Polymer Battery (LiPo) (Powers Intel Compute Stick): https://www.adafruit.com/product/2011
- Rechargeable PowerBoost 1000C (Powers display): https://www.adafruit.com/products/2465
- Rechargeable PowerBoost 1000 Basic (Powers Intel Compute Stick): https://www.adafruit.com/products/2030
- HDMI 5 800x480 Display: https://www.adafruit.com/products/2260
- Mini USB microphone: https://www.adafruit.com/products/3367
- (x2) Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch: https://www.adafruit.com/products/805
- Sample 8x8 inch two-way mirror: http://www.twowaymirrors.com/
- Glass Cutter
- Intel Compute Stick (1st Gen): Intel website or Newegg
- Other miscellaneous electrical stuff include: Brass Standoffs, Micro USB-A cables (also found at Adafruit), and an electrical soldering tool and solder.
- Wood, screws, electrical tape, sand paper, your choice of stain (I picked something water-based) and a water-based sealant (all of which you can find at you local hardware store or lumber store).
Step 2: Design and Build
I designed the platforms in Illustrator (reference file attachment). I tried laser-cutting but that was an expensive option so I ended up making the platforms out of scrap wood. Once I finished sanding and staining the wood, it was time to place the objects on the platform (reference the picture above).
The design is more plug-and-play than actual programming like Raspberry Pi smart mirrors. In terms of software, a simple upgrade to Windows 10 should suffice. You can download Rainmeter and look for widgets to make you background more dynamic or switch to tablet mode within the Windows desktop display options.
In terms production, this Instructable is pretty easy once the platform and wiring is built and established. Simple solder skills are necessary for this project and are pretty straight-forward. Please refer to the notes within the images to understand the purpose of each component and its complexity.
I enjoyed building this portable handheld smart mirror. I referenced many builds of static smart mirrors and always wanted to make a handheld version of one and I think this one turned out to be pretty successful. Like always, feel free to leave a question or comment. I am happy to help!