Selfie Mirror takes the best selfies of them all

SELFIE Mirror camera

First there was the selfie. Then hedonists got smart and began taking selfies reflected off mirrors.

Now comes a device that combines the best features of both these pastimes. The result is a "mirror" that takes selfies.

It's not your ordinary mirror, however, given that it's packing a lot of not so ordinary technology. And it also means your arm length no longer limits how many people you can pack into a group selfie.

Welcome S.E.L.F.I.E. or the "Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine." Others call it the SELFIE mirror.

S.E.L.F.I.E is a camera disguised as a wall cabinet. A two-way mirror is the cabinet's door. Opening the door will reveal with a Mac mini, a webcam and LED lighting embedded in the mirror.

To trigger the camera, a person needs to stand in front of the S.E.L.F.I.E mirror, preferably on a specially-placed vinyl marker on the floor for guidance. Smiling triggers the webcam connected to a Mac mini powering the facial recognition software.

The Mac mini uses the OpenCV facial recognition library to detect a smile. Once the software detects a person's smile, a serial command is sent to the Arduino software to begin the countdown sequence.

The detection of a smile commands two vertical rows of LEDs hidden behind the mirror to illuminate in sequence. The lights begin the countdown and also serve as a camera flash. The selfie is taken and automatically posted to Twitter.

iStrategyLabs Director of Ops Zach Saale said it takes about one and a half seconds for a smile to be recognized, "as we found any less than that would create false-positives."

"The SELFIE mirror helps to demonstrate what's possible by bringing together hardware, software and a great idea," said CMO of iStrategyLabs DJ Saul.

But what if you don't smile?

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