Introduction: Raspberry Pi Smart Mirror

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Find out how to make an easy raspberry pi powered home smart mirror. It displays applications so that you can check the weather and local news while you are getting ready in the morning. It's also modular, so you can easy move it around or hang it on the wall if you like. We've created a basic application that you can run on the mirror, but it's totally customizable if you want to write some of your own code.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need a few materials for this project:

1 x Low profile monitor (we used an old led display, about 0.5" thick)

1 x 18" - 24" Acrylic See-Through Mirror, 1mm

12 ft - 1x2

12 ft - 1x3

1 x Wood glue

1 x Low profile HDMI cable

Various screws

We also modeled some brackets that can be used to sandwich the monitor in place


If you don't have access to a 3d printer, you can also use a few pieces of 1x2 to hold the monitor in place.


- Wood saw

- Miter box (45 deg angle cuts)

- Sharp scissors

- Tape

Step 2: Instructions

We've created this guide which shows you step-by-step how to build the frame, then load the application code on the Raspberry Pi. No coding experience is necessary, but you can use your own application or add more functionality to ours if you want.

Step 3: Resources

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All of the code used in this video is available on Github.

That's it! If you have any questions about the project, please post them in the comments and I will answer them the best I can.
Thanks, Aaron @HackerHouse

Step 4: Update! We Added Artificial Intelligence to the Mirror

We created another video recently that show you how to add artificial intelligence to the mirror. We created this AI and use for the natural language processing. Since the code is open source, anyone can help to make the AI smarter.

Unfortunately, the AI is too much for a Raspberry Pi to handle, so we created a guide on how to set it up on a Mac.

Here is a link to the Github repository:


akshay aju (author)2017-08-21

Please share program that you used in your project

paapacj (author)2017-07-27

Can we use linux os?

paapacj (author)2017-07-25

I dint have mac..... how to do it on other operating system? Plz help

that's scary awsome,The ai system made me drool XD

y_i_ (author)2017-03-21

can i do it with an Arduino

I'm guessing you must be a guy that's just beginning to know anything.zz the answer is yes if you're smart enough.but you should choose microprocessor and not microcontroller

SwapnilP41 (author)2017-03-02

I dont have a mac...I want to add AI

How to set it up on other Operating systems??

jimv42 (author)2017-02-20

great project thanks could not find the place to input the pi's ip address and when i ran the file i get an error "locale.Error unsupported locale settings" please help thanks

197133 (author)2017-02-16

what size monitor did you use?

Zeeshan khattak (author)2017-01-05

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birdeatert (author)2017-01-26

The AI is lagging. Is there a way to make it faster?

HackerHouse (author)birdeatert2017-01-26

The lag is mainly caused by your network latency since most of the components are simply service calls.

Samarjeet Chavan (author)2017-01-04

for python,

I am getting this,

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 330, in <module>
w = FullscreenWindow()
File "", line 307, in __init__
self.clock = Clock(self.topFrame)
File "", line 77, in __init__
File "", line 80, in tick
with setlocale(ui_locale):
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 17, in __enter__
File "", line 39, in setlocale
yield locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, name)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 579, in setlocale
return _setlocale(category, locale)
locale.Error: unsupported locale setting

Please help.

i figured out that i am entering my countries (India's) country code wrong! I looked everywhere but it is "IN" but when i enter it, this error appears. Whenever i keep it blank ("") the code runs smoothly. But, i don't see weather or news.

Kieron finch (author)2016-12-27

Would it work with a normal mirror? I don't know where to get an acrylic mirror

Like it if you can find a link please

David LG (author)2016-10-11

Hey guys ! GREAT PROJECT !

I just made one and it works great !

Would you be willing to make a tutorial about how to add other APIs in there ? Or maybe advise me some good tutorial you know about, still using python (Say i would like to know how much clicks i get on my website for example ?)

Great job, thanks a lot for sharing, you made the world a little better doing so.

David LG (author)David LG2016-11-16

Yes ! how much clicks you get is a real cool feature, but i would also like to have what's in my google agenda for the day, any help ? I'm trying to figure it out by myself but my programming skills aren't that good for the time being.

SamuelKJKemp (author)2016-11-03

Hi Great Project, I am trying to follow along but got stuck when I want to run the phyton code I get the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "", line 12, in <module>

import feedparser

ImportError: No module named feedparser

any help will be appreciated

kingarthur17 (author)2016-10-21


great project!

Does voive recognition also work with german language?

What steps need to be done to get it working on a raspberry pi?


Labovski (author)2016-10-16

Great tutorials, but please skip the background sound in the videos. It only makes it more difficult to hear what you are saying.

KevinK513 (author)2016-10-04

Hey! Nice video. Do you think that this could be done with a "replacement" laptop screen?

SkaterP (author)KevinK5132016-10-07

vertainly. Im doing the same with a 17" laptop screen. But I needed one more part. I ordered an LCD Converter Driver Monitor Kit

JohnathanP (author)2016-10-02


iainmacmillan (author)2016-10-02

hey that's really good and thanks for the code. i have friend who is a crazy good woodworker so we will give a shot

primosanch (author)2016-09-29

Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

jdevendorf (author)2016-09-06

I've seen this project on here before, but this looks to be a much cleaner finished product.

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