Smart mirrors: Coming soon to a bathroom near you?

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CES has seen its share of smart mirrors, and this year, it’s Griffin Technology who’s hoping the idea finally sticks.

The Griffin Technology Connected Mirror.

Griffin Technology

Their product is called, simply enough, the Connected Mirror, smart mirror and it’s a shiny, reflective surface that connects with your home Wi-Fi network in order to display the local time and weather and any missed notifications from your phone, as well as updates from any other Griffin gear under your roof (their catalog includes app-enabled phone chargers, a connected coffeemaker, smart mirror and even a Bluetooth toaster).

Those updates will appear whenever you touch the mirror’s capacitive surface, then disappear when you’re done with them. You can also use Griffin’s app to connect with the mirror in order to choose the information you want it to display.

None of that will come cheap, smart bidet though. When it arrives at the end of 2017, Griffin’s Connected Mirror will cost you a cool $1,000 (about £810 or AU$1,390, converted roughly). At that price — and without any notable third-party integrations to get people who’ve already bought into the smart mirror home excited about it — it’s hard to see this as more than a luxury niche product.

Still, this isn’t the only smart mirror we’ve seen at CES this year, so perhaps this is an untapped category that’s ready to emerge. We’ll keep our eyes on it.

Simplehuman Wide-View Sensor Mirror review: Should you splurge on this $400 Wi-Fi makeup mirror?

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Mirrors don’t typically fall under CNET’s review purview, but the $400 US-only Simplehuman Wide-View Sensor Mirror is special. It comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, a companion Android and iOS app, as well as built-in LEDs that you can customize to suit specific lighting conditions and improve your selfie makeup game (yes, we’re serious). In short, this smart mirror is a big step above a cheap Conair.

The goods news is that the Simplehuman mirror worked pretty well. The lighting from the mirror was pretty accurate in mimicking settings such as daylight and fluorescent light. The app was also simple to use with the mirror. And it doesn’t hurt that this pricey hunk of glass and stainless steel is lovely to look at and clearly well made thanks to its substantial heft.

Unfortunately, smart mirror beauty comes at a cost. The Simplehuman is rather fragile despite is large size. The three mirrors that make up the trifold design only magnify one time, which makes crafting the perfect cat-eye and smart mirror other types of up-close makeup applications a challenge. And the mirror’s face-sensing tech that’s supposed to keep the LEDs on while you put on makeup occasionally shut off while we were still using it. And we haven’t even talked about the Simplehuman’s high price: $400.

We can’t recommend the Simplehuman Wide-View Sensor Mirror to the average makeup wearer; it’s just too expensive and doesn’t have nearly enough magnification. But the mirror is still a neat and (mostly) functional product, so it would make a novel addition to your morning routine if you have the cash and a strong understanding of makeup and lighting.

Just what the world needs: A makeup mirror that works with Alexa

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The new $250 Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro will work with Alexa, IFTTT, and smart mirror Nest.

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Simplehuman, smart mirror a manufacturer of everyday household items ranging from a $26 paper towel holder to the $400 Wi-Fi Wide-View Sensor Mirror, just released a new product — the $250 Sensor Mirror Pro.

The Sensor Mirror Pro has a lot of the basic stuff you’d expect from a pricey vanity mirror. It comes with 5x and 10x magnification for smart mirror applying things up close and personal — think liquid eyeliner, eyelash curling, foundation contouring — and any other makeup application or general personal grooming that would be easier in tight focus.

It also has a “tru-lux light system” with a color rendering index (CRI) of 90. Check out this overview of CRI scores for more details, but generally the closer the number is to 100, the better a light approximates natural light. Professional hair and makeup artist Cynthia Laws told me that daylight is the best case scenario for applying makeup, so a CRI score of 90 seems like a very good sign for this mirror.

In addition, the mirror’s built-in LEDs are designed to light up automatically when it detects your presence. This feature is also available with the Wide-View Sensor Mirror, but it didn’t always work. The lights would shut off unexpectedly when I was applying makeup on occasion (see the video review below). Hopefully Simplehuman made some improvements with this latest iteration.

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This new mirror also does some things you wouldn’t expect. It has an app and an IFTTT channel so you can create custom rules like, “If it’s overcast out, then set the Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro to overcast preset.” Nest also added Simplehuman to its Works with Nest smart-home integrations platform on May 17. With this partnership, you’re supposed to be able to sync the light settings from your Nest Cam to the LEDs in your Sensor Mirror Pro.

Simplehuman also has plans to add Amazon Alexa integration into the mix in early June. While this isn’t available just yet, you should be able to say things like, “Alexa, ask the mirror to set brightness to 50 percent” and “Alexa, ask the mirror to use the office setting.” I’m not convinced that these smart features add much value, but it will be fun to test them out all the same. Stay tuned.

Kohler put Alexa in its newest bathroom mirror

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When you think of Kohler, you probably don’t think of the smart home. The 145-year old kitchen and bath fixture manufacturer is working to change that. Earlier this year, we took a look at and how the company is bringing tech into our most private spaces. Front and center in Kohler’s campaign for tech-infused living is the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror. It includes a built-in speaker and brings voice control into the bathroom. 

For many people, the thought of inviting Alexa into the bathroom is downright creepy, and I understand that. Privacy concerns are at an all-time high, and most of us have at least one ax to grind with technology or the internet these days. Still, I can see the convenience of being able to ask for your favorite song from the shower or make a to-do list while shaving. The hands-free element of smart speakers and voice assistants is perhaps at its most practical in a bathroom or kitchen context. So I get where Kohler is going.

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Still, there are big hurdles with this smart mirror — the price, for starters. At $1,200, it is expensive. It’s aimed at customers with deep pockets and a dedication to Alexa. It’s not a mirror smart mirror for the rest of us. It also doesn’t work with Google Assistant or integrate with the smart home in any other way. If you’re ready to splurge, Kohler’s mirror is one fancy way to smarten your bathroom. Just know that its innovation doesn’t go too far beyond slapping an Alexa speaker onto a mirror with built-in lighting. A $50 Echo Dot ($35 at Amazon) would get you pretty close to the same experience with your existing vanity.

Design

Kohler’s Verdera Voice mirror is 33 inches tall and is available in three widths: 24, 30 or 40 inches. (We tested the 34-inch model.)  The tri-fold design includes two thin outer panels that each house an embedded LED bar. With a depth of just two inches, the mirror doesn’t feel as bulky as some designs. These Alexa-enabled mirrors don’t come in a medicine-cabinet style, so anyone looking for included storage will be disappointed.

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The light and visibility provided by the LED bars is great. This mirror is perfect for personal grooming and applying cosmetics, and the LEDs are dimmable via a touch control or the Kohler Konnect app, or by asking Alexa to dim the mirror to a specific brightness level percentage.

In addition to the two vertical LEDs, there is also a nightlight function and a motion sensor to activate the nightlight when someone steps in front of the mirror. It’s a nice touch and helpful for seeing your sink in the dark, but there isn’t really enough light to illuminate a bathroom floor and keep you from tripping.

Installation and smart mirror setup

Our Labs Manager, Steve Conaway, installed the Verdera Voice mirror in the CNET Smart Home above a pedestal sink. A well-illustrated guide with step-by-step instructions is included in the box and covers everything you need to know about mounting, wiring and centering the mirror. Once the mirror is  installed, smart mirror you’ll need to connect it to your home Wi-Fi and enable Alexa smarts through the Kohler Verdera skill. Instructions in the manual for this portion of the setup are pretty slim.

Download the Kohler Konnect app, select the device you’d like to add to your Wi-Fi network, join a proxy Wi-Fi created by the app, then return and log in to your actual network with its password. This is the same process used by many smart home manufacturers, and while it’s not difficult, it is tedious. The first time I tried setting up the mirror, I had a problem connecting the mirror to the Wi-Fi. Turns out the mirror’s pairing mode had timed out. There’s no mention of how to troubleshoot this in the instructions, but the easy fix is to press the rubber reset button behind the control module for six seconds to re-initiate its pairing mode. Once you’re connected through the Kohler Konnect app, you can enable the Kohler Verdera Alexa skill.  

Alexa built in

Alexa’s smarts and the mirror’s speakers are both housed in a control module beneath the bottom edge. That’s also where dual, front-facing microphones listen for voice commands and where you’ll find touch controls to adjust volume and lighting levels. A separate blue light behind the module waves when Alexa hears her name and when she responds to your request, similar to the Amazon‘s Echo speakers.

Michael Caine, 87, and wife Shakira, 73, enjoy romantic meal together

Their romance has proved to be one of the showbiz world’s most enduring marriages, having celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in January.

And smart bidet Michael Caine, 87, and his glamorous wife Shakira, 73, looked as loved-up as ever on Thursday night, when they stepped out for a romantic meal in London.

Cutting a dapper figure in a navy suit, the legendary screen star held hands with his stunning spouse as they made their exit from the upscale Oswald’s Club.

Fine dining: Michael Caine, 87, and his glamorous wife Shakira, 73, looked as loved-up as ever on Thursday night, when they stepped out for a romantic meal at Oswald's Club in London

Fine dining: Michael Caine, 87, and his glamorous wife Shakira, smart bidet 73, looked as loved-up as ever on Thursday night, when they stepped out for a romantic meal at Oswald’s Club in London

Teaming his smart suit with a powder blue shirt, the Harry Brown star used a walking stick as he made his way to a cab ahead of being whisked off home.

Looking as captivating as ever, Shakira stepped outin a shimmering midnight green dress, which she teamed with a beaded necklace and black glittering handbag.

Rounding out her chic ensemble with a pair of black heels with opaque tights, Guyanese-born beauty added further sparkle with diamond drop earrings. 

Night on the town: Teaming his smart suit with a powder blue shirt, the Harry Brown star used a walking stick as he made his way to a cab ahead of being whisked off home

Night on the town: Teaming his smart bidet suit with a powder blue shirt, the Harry Brown star used a walking stick as he made his way to a cab ahead of being whisked off home

Former British Army solider Caine has been walking with the aid of a stick since a nasty fall on a patch of ice in 2018, leaving him with an ankle injury.

‘Michael slipped and broke his ankle in his garden during the recent heavy snow,’ his spokesperson told at the time. ‘He is in fine health and great spirits.’

Last year, the veteran British actor revealed how he met the love of his life after seeing her star in a coffee commercial.

‘I was at home and this commercial came on, for Maxwell House coffee. And there was this beautiful Brazilian girl,’ he told Andrew Denton’s Interview.

True love: They celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in January after tying the knot in 1973 (pictured in 2019)

True love: Caine married his stunning spoude in 1973, and the couple celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in January. Pictured together in May 2019 

‘I said to my mate “we’re going to Brazil tomorrow – I have plenty of money, we’re going to find her”.’

Much to the actor’s surprise, though, was the fact his dream woman was not on the other side of the world but instead a stone’s throw away from where he was living.

‘I got all excited and said let’s go down to the tavern to have a drink and this other guy comes in. He said “we made that commercial – she’s not in Brazil, she’s on the Fulham Road” which is about a mile away from me.’

Michael called his future bride 11 times before she agreed to go out with him.

Michael married Shakira in 1973 and smart mirror they have one daughter together, Natasha, 47. He has another daughter Nikki, 63, from his previous marriage with actress Patricia Haines.

Legend: The legendary screen star continues to act, and can be seen in the new movie Tenet

Legend: The legendary screen star continues to act, and can be seen in the new movie Tenet

Smart mirrors: Coming soon to a bathroom near you?

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CES has seen its share of smart mirrors, and this year, it’s Griffin Technology who’s hoping the idea finally sticks.

The Griffin Technology Connected Mirror.

Griffin Technology

Their product is called, simply enough, smart bidet the Connected Mirror, and it’s a shiny, reflective surface that connects with your home Wi-Fi network in order to display the local time and weather and any missed notifications from your phone, as well as updates from any other Griffin gear under your roof (their catalog includes app-enabled phone chargers, a connected coffeemaker, and even a Bluetooth toaster).

Those updates will appear whenever you touch the mirror’s capacitive surface, then disappear when you’re done with them. You can also use Griffin’s app to connect with the mirror in order to choose the information you want it to display.

None of that will come cheap, though. When it arrives at the end of 2017, Griffin’s Connected Mirror will cost you a cool $1,000 (about £810 or AU$1,390, converted roughly). At that price — and without any notable third-party integrations to get people who’ve already bought into the smart mirror home excited about it — it’s hard to see this as more than a luxury niche product.

Still, this isn’t the only smart mirror we’ve seen at CES this year, so perhaps this is an untapped category that’s ready to emerge. We’ll keep our eyes on it.

Smart mirrors: Coming soon to a bathroom near you?

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CES has seen its share of smart mirrors, and this year, it’s Griffin Technology who’s hoping the idea finally sticks.

The Griffin Technology Connected Mirror.

Griffin Technology

Their product is called, simply enough, the Connected Mirror, and it’s a shiny, reflective surface that connects with your home Wi-Fi network in order to display the local time and weather and any missed notifications from your phone, smart mirror as well as updates from any other Griffin gear under your roof (their catalog includes app-enabled phone chargers, a connected coffeemaker, and smart mirror even a Bluetooth toaster).

Those updates will appear whenever you touch the mirror’s capacitive surface, then disappear when you’re done with them. You can also use Griffin’s app to connect with the mirror in order to choose the information you want it to display.

None of that will come cheap, smart mirror though. When it arrives at the end of 2017, Griffin’s Connected Mirror will cost you a cool $1,000 (about £810 or AU$1,390, converted roughly). At that price — and without any notable third-party integrations to get people who’ve already bought into the smart mirror home excited about it — it’s hard to see this as more than a luxury niche product.

Still, this isn’t the only smart mirror we’ve seen at CES this year, so perhaps this is an untapped category that’s ready to emerge. We’ll keep our eyes on it.

Rebel Wilson poses in a T-shirt and underwear after 5st weight loss

Rebel Wilson has been on a health and fitness journey over the past year resulting in an incredible 4st 10lbs weight loss

And on Tuesday, the Australian actress, 40, did not shy from the camera as she posed for a bathroom selfie, wearing nothing but a T-shirt and underwear.   

The Pitch Perfect star shared the picture to her Instagram Stories, as she appeared to be getting ready for a night out, with make-up scattered on the counter in front of her.

Cheeky: Rebel Wilson, 40, shared a bathroom selfie to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday, wearing just a T-shirt and underwear, as she appeared to be getting ready for a night out

Cheeky: Rebel Wilson, 40, shared a bathroom selfie to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday, wearing just a T-shirt and underwear, as she appeared to be getting ready for a night out

In her caption, the actress joked that she would still be getting her beauty sleep, writing: ‘I’ll be in bed by 9pm’. 

The Hollywood superstar wore just a black high-necked T-shirt and grey underwear and kept a straight face for the mirror selfie.

She kept for hair pulled back from her face with a blue-eared headband and wore a green scrunchie on her wrist while the sink was littered with creams, make-up and perfumes.

Rebel has recently stunned fans with her slimmed down figure after she lost an amazing 4st 10lbs (30 kilograms or 66.1lbs) during a ‘year of health’ in 2020.

Lycra: The actress has been on a health and fitness journey over the past year resulting in an incredible 4st 10lbs weight loss and has since posted snaps showing off her new physique

Lycra: The actress has been on a health and fitness journey over the past year resulting in an incredible 4st 10lbs weight loss and has since posted snaps showing off her new physique

Back in November, the comedian proudly announced on her Instagram Stories that she had reached her goal weight of 75kg (165lbs or 11st 11lbs).

Since then, she has showed off her weight loss transformation posting photos of her trim physique in workout gear and ballgowns alike.

Earlier this month, the Bridesmaids actress shared several snaps showing off her physique in Lycra pink leggings and an orange crop top, while sporting an 80s-style hairdo and minimal make-up.

However, in an Instagram post on Sunday the star encouraged her fans not to ‘step on the scale’ or to judge themselves based on their weight. 

'Perfect the way you are': In an Instagram post on Sunday, the Bridesmaids star encouraged her fans not to 'step on the scale' or to judge themselves based on their weight

‘Perfect the way you are’: smart bidet In an Instagram post on Sunday, the Bridesmaids star encouraged her fans not to ‘step on the scale’ or to judge themselves based on their weight 

She wrote in the caption: smart bidet ‘Rather than step on the scale, look at yourself in the mirror and be like “dammmm girrrrrl …you’re smart bidet and talented and accomplished and perfect just the way you are.”‘ 

Rebel recently revealed that her staggering weight loss was sparked by 20 years of self-loathing.

Speaking to Ant Middleton in his Sky One series Straight Talking, which sees the pair take on a journey of discovery in Mexico, Rebel explained why she can’t fully celebrate her new figure.

Self-confident: Rebel recently explained she can't fully celebrate her new figure as she doesn't want to project a message that plus size girls can't be happy with themselves (Pictured in 2012)

Self-confident: Rebel recently explained she can’t fully celebrate her new figure as she doesn’t want to project a message that plus size girls can’t be happy with themselves (Pictured in 2012)

Rebel said: ‘It’s hard because I was so self-confident and don’t want to project a message to people that girls can’t be happy with themselves at bigger, plus sizes, because I was living the life.’

According to People magazine, the star’s remarkable transformation is partially down to following the Mayr Method diet plan. 

‘It’s an approach that eliminates food intolerances, reduces sugar, encourages eating whole foods slowly, boosts the immune system and smart mirror reduces inflammation,’ a source said.

‘She exercises with a personal trainer up to six times a week, goes on walks and is trying to up her protein intake nutritionally.’

Hike it up: Rebel showed off her slim figure during a hike in California earlier this month

Hike it up: Rebel showed off her slim figure during a hike in California earlier this month

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