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Picture of The Magic Suitcase
The Magic Suitcase is an offshoot of the Magic Mirror project diymagicmirror.com

The suitcase is sitting on top of a laptop which runs the software. The laptop is connected to an Arduino which is connected to some sensors. Here's the logical architecture of the project diymagicmirror.com/files/magic-mirror-logical.jpg

This installation was for a Hotel where the Magic Suitcase among other things, speaks the Weather Forecast to the Guests.









 
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Step 1: The Case

The case was found at a local electronic surplus shop. It's a hard case that used to house a 1950s Smith Corona typewriter.

A jigsaw was used for the oval cutout. A standard LCD mounting bracket was used to mount a 15" LCD monitor to the back of the case.

Step 2: Schematic and Magic Mirror Arduino Shield

Here's the schematic for the project diymagicmirror.com/files/schematic.pdf

You just need an Arduino and can wire the schematic using a breadboard.

If you require a more permanent installation than a breadboard, the Magic Mirror Arduino Shield can be used. The switches and sensors are wired to two standard cat5e cables (T568B wiring) that plug into the Shield. Referencing the manual diymagicmirror.com/files/building_the_sensor_hub.pdf for the Shield, it will tell you what color wire goes to what sensor.

There is a kit available from Seeedstudio which includes the Magic Mirror Shield, necessary components, Seeeduino (Arduino clone), and the Magic Mirror software www.seeedstudio.com/depot/diy-magic-mirror-p-606.html

Step 3: Mounting the Sensors and Switches

Sensors and Switches Used:

Yellow switch = Weather forecast
Green switch = Stock performance
Red switch = X10 on/off commands
Reed switch (magnetic) = Picasa slide show
Proximity Sensor (Maxbotix EV-1) - Plays videos when subject is within certain distances
LED - flashes when within proximity sensor ragne
Black switch - doorbell mode
Potentiometer - dynamically changes between 4 characters/modes (princess, pirate, Halloween, and insult)

lpxav4 years ago
Nice and It is based on magic mirror interactive room already saw before.
You are really creative nice job!! I am a fan!!!
Datawolf4 years ago
Fun. But the switches break the magic.
Doctor What4 years ago
Magic suitcase on my desk, give me the answer to this test.
hahaha!
Where do you get the Magic mirror program ?
alinke (author)  Spottedfeather4 years ago
Hi, its a program I wrote
 That is very, very odd...
 I think it's pretty cool.