imec enables bathroom mirror with front and rear views

Dec. 10, 2016
Leuven, Belgium. imec has announced the collaboration with two leading Belgian design companies, Deknudt Mirrors and Group De Keyzer, to develop a bathroom mirror that allows people to see themselves in front and rear view simultaneously. Deknudt Mirrors and Group De Keyzer turned to imec for its expertise in nanoelectronics and smart systems to assist with the integration of live camera images in high resolution and under highly varying light circumstances, the realization of electronics suitable for frequent use in very humid conditions, and the packaging of the complex system in a cost-efficient way for the consumer market.

The new mirror is part of a bathroom cabinet with two pivoting panels, each with a mirror on the inside. In the left panel, an integrated camera streams high-resolution images in real time to a tablet-sized display that is seamlessly incorporated in the right panel. Functional LED lighting is added for a rear view of the users’ head, neck, and back.

“We’re pleased that Deknudt Mirrors and Group De Keyzer turned to imec to take their ingenious concept and turn it into a clever product,” stated Rudi Cartuyvels, imec’s executive vice president for smart electronics. “Our expertise in new integration technologies combined with their passion to solve customer problems and answer consumer needs has resulted in a cutting-edge product. Our scientists, researchers, and engineers thrive on the excitement of working on innovative and breakthrough concepts such as this mirror that allow us to assist companies from a variety of markets in the entire innovation process from idea to fabrication.”

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